Archives for December 2010

Just a Quick Update…

After yesterday’s post about my dear friend and her baby, a search party went on for a photographer in the Carson City, Nevada area. I wanted to let you all know that we have found one!

My prayer is that her ultrasound scan on Monday will reveal things are not as bad as originally thought, and that my friend won’t even need the photographer that’s on stand-by.

I want to thank each one of you for your prayers, and beg you to continue to pray for my friend Candice and her baby. She has faced so much, and she can use all the strength and prayers she can get.

I also want to give you a head’s up. I’m going to be importing a bunch of blog posts from another blog I run today. With #6 on the way, I need to simplify, so by combining as much as I can into one place will really help that. After today, you can look for a new section of the blog called “The Funny Things My Kids Say.” I hope it will bring a smile to your face. You may ended up with a bunch of posts in the daily email because of the transfer. I’ll just apologize ahead of time, and hope it won’t bother you too much.

I am blessed to have the greatest friends and readers in the world. Thank you so much for all that you do!

Can’t bring myself to post today…

I try to mix in some personal posts here and there on my blog. I feel it’s important that my readers get to know ME, and see me as more than just someone who writes reviews and giveaways. While the reviews and giveaways are fun, and definitely help my stats, I want you to see the real me, too. I love when I stumble upon someone’s blog and they write about themselves as well. It makes me want to get to know them, and I’ve actually made many, many friends in the blogosphere because of it. This will be one of those personal posts.

Today, I am struggling. Earlier this week, it was my own fault. I had allowed Satan to grab hold and get me more discouraged than I have ever been in my life. It had nothing to do with my pregnancy – all is going well there there, but a million other things came crashing down. I was angry at God. Angry at people I had called my friends. Just angry. And that’s not like me at all.

Yesterday, it took a friend’s pain to make me realize just how selfish I have been lately. You see, yesterday, a very dear friend of mine found out that the results of her most recent ultrasound were not good. It looks as though her baby may have Ventriculomegaly AND Hydrocephalus. Both of these are very dangerous conditions, and it is absolutely heartbreaking. She has an appointment for a level two ultrasound on Monday, as she can’t get in any sooner because of the holidays. However, her doctor has told her that she could go into labor at any time. She isn’t even 20 weeks along at this point.

I cannot imagine what she is going through after hearing all of this. My heart hurts so badly for her, and I’m sure it’s nothing compared to what she is feeling.

I’ve contacted a friend of mine with the NILMDTS organization to find a photographer in the Carson City, NV area, but we are having no luck. If you know of a professional photographer in that area, would you please contact me? I’ve looked into plane tickets to get there myself, but they’re over $900. Plus, I don’t even know that I’d make it in time, since I’m on the other side of the continent. So, please, if you know a photographer, ask them if they know anyone in that area.

And, I know that so many of you are prayer warriors. Please, please, please pray for this family and their baby. I’m praying that she just had a bad scan and that a second ultrasound will reveal that things aren’t as bad as they seem. We serve a mighty God, who is able to do things we cannot even begin to fathom. If you can spare a prayer for them, I would really appreciate it.

I’ll resume with normal posts soon. I just need to spend today in prayer for a friend and her baby.

Read and Share Bible for Children (Review & Giveaway)

This giveaway will end Friday, Jan. 14 at 11:59pm EST.

bible for childrenLast year for Christmas, we bought each of the older kids their own Bibles. For about the past 6 months, Parker has been begging to have a Bible of his own, but I’m not quite ready to buy him a nice, leather bound Bible. He’s still too little, and he likes markers *way* too much.

Luckily, I was introduced to the Read and Share Bible for children by Thomas Nelson Publishers. Before I get to my (and Parker’s) review of the Bible, here are some things you need to know:

The Read and Share Bible is the perfect way to share the amazing joy and wonder of God’s Word with the children in your life. Features include more than 200 beloved Bible stories, bold, bright illustrations, a discussion starter with each story, and so much more. The Read and Share Bible makes it easy for you to create long-lasting memories as you encourage a love for reading God’s Word.

Our Review of The Read and Share Bible

On Sunday mornings, during our church’s main worship service, I teach a small children’s class. It has always been so important to me that children hear the Word of God on their level so that they can understand it. I know that’s not how many in the South feel, and they want their children raised to sit in the main service, but I don’t agree. By giving them a clear understanding of the Bible when they are young, they will be more apt to staying in church and continuing to want to learn more as they grow older.

I am constantly scouring the internet, trying to find Bible stories that are appropriate for 2 – 5 year olds. And then we received the Read and Share Bible for a review. WOW. These are the stories that I have been looking for, in a language that children can understand, all in one place. I love it!

Parker's new BibleAfter browsing through the Read and Share Bible for awhile myself, I handed it over to Parker and told him that it was his own Bible. The sheer look of joy on his face made me smile from ear to ear. He carefully turned each page, taking in all the bright, bold colors of the illustrations.  He was in heaven. We read several stories together, and I loved the discussion questions at the end of each story. While Parker is still a little young to fully understand what we’re reading, he will definitely be able to grow into this Bible. And it’s perfect for the other children that I have in my Sunday morning class. I’ll definitely be taking it along with us on Sundays and reading them stories from the Read and Share Bible.

There are several features of the Read and Share Bible that I love:

  • The length of the stories – they aren’t too long. Just enough to capture the interest of a child and leave them wanting more.
  • The number of stories in the Bible – over 200 stories, all in one place. And these are stories that we know and love.
  • The illustrations – perfect for little eyes, attention grabbing and colorful.
  • The discussion questions – great for expanding on the stories and getting kids to learn more.
  • Also, each story starts with the reference where you can find the story in the Bible. This is great for older kids, so you can read straight from a Bible and then read the story.

Overall, I really like the Read and Share Bible, and Parker does too. This Bible would make the perfect gift for any child in your life that you want to encourage to learn more about God’s Word.

Want to Try the Read and Share Bible for Yourself?

Parker loves his BibleShop Now: Click here to purchase your copy from Thomas Nelson Publishing for just $16.99. You can also find the Read and Share Bible on Amazon for just $5.85! Talk about a steal!

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Wordless Wednesday: Parker Does the Robot


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That’s his new thing… standing on my kitchen counter, just so he can do the robot!

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Spice Things Up with Mrs. Dash (Review)

During my last pregnancy, I ended up with pre-eclampsia. My blood pressure hit stroke level way too often, and I almost lost my life because of it. It was the scariest thing I have ever faced, lying there helpless, unable to do anything to change what was happening.

As a precaution during this pregnancy, the doctor has asked me to limit my intake of salt and find ways to reduce my blood pressure. At first, this proved to be quite difficult. After all, I love salt, and the more the better.

Mrs. DashBut then, I was introduced to Mrs. Dash thanks to Mom Central. I had no idea that giving up salt would be so easy. Mrs. Dash just makes everything taste better. And, because all of her seasonings are sodium free, I don’t have to worry about using them. I can spice things up as much as I’d like!

I started using the different seasonings a few weeks ago. My absolute favorite is the Italian Medley on chicken breast… or pork chops. Mmmmm. So good! I’ve also swapped out salt for the Garlic & Herb seasoning in my mashed potatoes. My kids haven’t even noticed, but now they’re asking for seconds and thirds on the potatoes.

This past week, we’ve been snowed in – unable to get up our driveway or anywhere we need to go. Luckily, I’d stocked up the freezer with chicken, ground beef, and pork chops. We’ve had plenty of time to experiment with Mrs. Dash’s seasonings, and the kids have been loving it. Each night, they pick a different seasoning to try out, and we all give it our rating. It’s been a great way to get the kids involved in making dinner, and it’s made them much more likely to finish their dinner too! Thank you, Mrs. Dash!

I also have to mention: I am NOT a cook – by any means. Typically, if it doesn’t come from a box, I can’t make it. But, using Mrs. Dash has really helped to change that. I still wouldn’t call myself a chef, but now I’m not near as scared to try new things and experiment with food. In fact, I’ve found it kind of fun!

I am super impressed with the Mrs. Dash seasonings, and it’s great to have a way to lower my sodium intake and keep my blood pressure under control. And, I really have to wonder if cutting out all the salt I used to use is what’s helping keep my weight down this pregnancy. Typically, by now the doctors are telling me to watch my weight and try not to gain any more. Not this time, though. I’ve gained less than 10 pounds in 28 weeks, and since I was already overweight, that’s fantastic news. I’m not sure if Mrs. Dash had something to do with that or not, but I do know that I’m eating better, and enjoying what I eat!

I’ll be participating in a campaign with Mom Central and Mrs. Dash over the next year, and every few months, I’ll put up a new post about how I’m using the seasonings. If you decide to try the Mrs. Dash seasonings, let me know. I’d love to hear what you think of them, and if they’ve changed how much salt you use in your recipes.

To see all the flavors of Mrs. Dash seasoning, and to find some seriously yummy recipes, check out www.MrsDash.com

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Disclaimer: I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Mrs. Dash and received a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Kiki’s Fashions – Trendy Maternity Clothes (Review & Giveaway)

This giveaway will end Wednesday, Jan. 12 at 11:59pm EST.

Cheap Maternity DressSince this is my very first winter pregnancy, I have had a really hard time finding cheap maternity clothes that are trendy and won’t fall apart. Since all of the maternity clothes I have from my previous pregnancies are all shorts, tank tops, and tshirts, I’ve had to completely stock up and start all over again.

Recently, I was introduced to Kiki’s Fashions – trendy maternity clothes for the smallest budget! They allowed me to pick any top or dress from the site for my review. Before I get to that review, let me tell you a bit about Kiki’s Fashions:

At Kiki’s Fashions, we not only offer expecting mothers cute maternity dresses, trendy maternity skinny jeans, and modern maternity tank tops, we also offer our maternity clothing at prices every pregnant mom can afford. We add to our maternity clearance section weekly, so there are always deep discounts on maternity clothes savvy mothers can discover. And don’t forget to check out our pregnancy clothes under $10. Where else can you find this large of a selection on cheap maternity clothes?

We know that pregnancy only last for a short period, so it’s difficult to spend a lot of money on maternity clothes you don’t plan to wear for too long. This is why our goal is to provide discount prices on all our maternity clothes. We achieve this by keeping our operating costs down so that we can transfer the savings to our pregnant customers. By selling exclusively online and turning over inventory quickly, we are able to operate a lot more efficiently than traditional retail outlets. This means cheap maternity clothes for all you pregnant mothers!

My Review of Kiki’s Fashions

Affordable Brown Maternity ShirtKiki’s Fashions allowed me to select the maternity top or dress of my choice. I can’t even begin to tell you how difficult it was to pick just one item! They have so many beautiful maternity clothes that I didn’t even know where to start. I ended up selecting the Brown Long Sleeve Maternity Shirt w/Necklace. It shipped really fast, and I fell in love with it the moment I saw it. The quality is fabulous. The style and cut is trendy, and when I wear it, I really feel beautiful. I ended up wearing the shirt to church last Sunday, along with the necklace, and I received more compliments that day than I think I ever have – pregnant or not. I felt so good while wearing the shirt, and it has quickly become my favorite piece to wear.

There are several things I love about Kiki’s Fashions:

  • Their selection. They have everything from t-shirts to jeans to dresses, and everything in between. You’re certain to find something that will fit your style and tastes.
  • Their prices. You absolutely cannot beat them! No one wants to shell out tons of money for clothes you’ll wear for a few months. On their site, the prices fit any budget. And their under $10 selection is fabulous!
  • The quality of their merchandise. Items are made well, and will last through multiple pregnancies. And they’re so cute, you’ll want to hold on to them!

Overall, I am really impressed with Kiki’s Fashions, and would definitely recommend them to any pregnant woman looking for beautiful, affordable maternity clothes.

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Merry Christmas!

From our family to yours, may you have a blessed day!

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I count you as one of my many blessings!

Family Friendly Friday – 12.24.10 (Guest Post)

Family Values Entertainment News, Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved – 12.24.10

Moms Speak Out

Check out this week’s Moms Speak Out question and let your voices be heard. For this Christmas week we can’t wait to hear:

“What is your favorite Christmas memory?”

Speak up and make a difference! If there’s a question you’d like to have discussed, let’s hear it.

Please email me your Moms Speak Out comments and suggestions!

Quiet on the Set Christmas week is here! Christmas week is here! Christmas week is here! This is totally and completely without question my favorite week of the year! I heart getting everything ready for the holiday and wrapping gifts for my loved ones. Whatever else is going on I try each year to make Christmas a priority and to really focus on spending the quality time with my family. I hope this week’s picks help you spend some quality time with your family.

Remember to take a look at our Moms Speak Out section above and share with me your favorite Christmas memory! As they say out here in Hollywood, “lights, camera, action!”

Starting this week I will be featuring a family movie DVD once a month instead of weekly.

Do you have a favorite family movie you want to share? Send me a suggestion and I will talk to our team at the National Board of Mothers about reviewing it to be Mom Reviewed and Mom Approved.

If you are interested in finding other family friendly movies on DVD, here is a good place to start.

This week offers some many great family friendly options for TV shows from the Parent Television Council for fun holiday viewing. Here are my favorite picks which both are Christmas themed: First, White Christmas, this is simply put a classic holiday movie that teaches us about the importance of being appreciative for what we have; second, The Christmas Card, is a wonderful story about helping those who fight for our freedom. This week I of course have to add a third, The Sound of Music, those of you that are regular readers will know this is my all time favorite!

Here are some other family friendly options for the week:

Friday, December 24, 2010
It’s a Wonderful Life, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) NBC In this Frank Capra holiday classic, George Bailey questions his worth to his family and community.  An angel, Clarence, give him a glimpse at what would be missing if he had indeed never been born.
White Christmas, 10:15 p.m. (Eastern) AMC Bing Crosby, Danny Kay, Vera-Ellen, and Rosemary Clooney star in this classic musical featuring the music of Irving Berlin.

Saturday, December 25, 2010
Christmas Town, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Ion A single mom visits her estranged father at Christmas only to discover he’s actually Santa.
The Christmas Card, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark A soldier overseas receives a moving Christmas card from a stranger and decides to track down the sender when he returns home.

Sunday, December 26, 2010
The Sound of Music, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Based on the true lives of the Von Trapp Family Singers, Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer star in this classic musical about an Austrian governess falling for a widowed father of seven.
Open Season 2, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Cartoon Network A deer’s plans for a wedding go awry when he must join in a mission to rescue a missing forest friend.

Monday, December 27, 2010
America’s Chocolate Championship, 10:00 p.m. (Eastern) TLC George Duran hosts coverage of the chocolatier competition in Las Vegas.
Wizards of Waverly Place, 10:05 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel Justin runs for student body president but when he’s blamed for a prank against the principal, his chances of victory are in jeopardy.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Rudolph’s Shiny New Year, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Red Skelton narrates this classic special about Rudolph on a special mission for Santa Claus.
Beauty and the Beast: Enchanted Christmas, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel In this tale of Belle’s time at the Beast’s Castle during the holidays, she and the animated household objects attempt to celebrate Christmas and cheer up the Beast.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Fish Hooks, 8:30 p.m . (Eastern) Disney Channel Bea appears on a Hamster TV show and wins a trip to Hamsterwood.
Dinner Impossible, 10:00 p.m. (Eastern) Food Network Chef Robert Irvine goes to a Six Flags amusement park to turn standard park food into a gourmet feast in just nine hours.

Thursday, December 30, 2010
Happy New Year, Charlie Brown, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Charlie Brown attends a New Year’s party and ends up missing the evening’s surprise.
Farewell, Mr. Kringle, 8:00 p.m.  (Eastern) Hallmark A jaded journalist sets out to discredit a Christmas-themed town’s resident santa.

To see the complete list of shows recommended by the Parents Television Council and/or to learn more about this great organization, please visit www.parentstv.org

This week we have a fun adventure movie that takes you on a wild ride, the sci-fi fans will love it! Please make sure to read the suggestion at the end of the review and use your judgment if you take kids under the age of ten. Enjoy!

Tron: Legacy
by Christopher Gildemeister

Release Date: December 17, 2010
MPAA rating:
PG for sequences of sci-fi action violence and brief mild language
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Bruce Boxleitner
Recommended age:
10+
Overall PTC Traffic Light Rating:
Green
Sex:
None
Violence:
Chases, explosions, martial arts, extensive fantasy violence
Language:
“Damn”
Behavior:
Breaking the Law

Twenty years ago, Sam Flynn’s brilliant software designer and entrepreneur father Kevin announced he was on the verge of a breakthrough that would change the world…then vanished. Today, Sam is a rebellious loner who scorns the corporation his father built. But when Sam receives a message luring him to an abandoned video arcade, he discovers his father’s secret world – a virtual reality realm called the Grid, where computer programs take on human form…and are plotting to conquer OUR world.

There is little content to concern parents in Tron: Legacy. There are a large number of fantasy-style action battles within the Grid, including a gladiator-style contest between Sam and enemy programs, using Frisbee-like throwing discs as weapons. Other battles include punching, kicking, and use of staffs and similar weapons. There are also chases on motorcycles, cars, and airplanes using guns and other weapons. Vehicles explode, and when a program in human form is injured or killed, it shatters and falls apart like glass – no blood or gore is seen. Profanity is limited to a few uses of “damn.”  At the beginning of the movie, rebellious Sam speeds on his (earthly) motorcycle, evades police, and breaks into his father’s company, where he steals a computer program and distributes it illegally on the Internet.

With eye-popping, brilliant visual effects and a powerful, eerie techno-electric musical score, Tron: Legacy is a spectacular accomplishment in special effects and sheer spectacle.  While there is no extreme violence, the movie creates a considerable dark mood which may be frightening to younger children.

The Parents Television Council and the National Board of Mothers® does not recommend this picture for viewers under age of ten.

It’s a wrap! I hope you enjoy this week’s picks have a healthy and happy Merry Christmas! As always I am here for you and would love to hear any feedback or suggestions you may have, so please email me at Family Values Cinema. See you next Friday!


Founder, National Board of Mothers®

Patty is first and foremost an experienced mother both to her teenage daughter, and to her Labradoodle Romeo. With a great passion for wholesome entertainment, Patty spearheaded the National Board of Mothers to establish a rigorous review process ensuring that your family’s treasured time is enjoyed with Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved products. Patty is most currently known for forging new ground with family friendly entertainment as the Founder of not only the National Board of Mothers, but also Family Values Cinema. You can read more about Patty and family friendly entertainment here or email her with any questions.

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Still Need A Last Minute Gift for Your Man? (Review)

If you’re like me, and put everything off until the last minute, you are probably hitting freak-out mode right about now. Maybe you’re really like me, and you’ve put off getting hubby’s gift until the very last second. I am so bad about that. Luckily, Home Depot and Husky Tools are here to save the day for all of us procrastinators! The best part, most of their gifts are under $20, so you can afford to buy a couple and really impress your hubby… or your dad… or any man in your life.

Husky Tools and Home Depot recently sent me the Husky 13-Piece Powertek™ Precision Cordless Screwdriver Set – ($9.88) to test out.Now, I had originally intended on giving this to hubby and using it for all his screwdriver needs. But, I gotta tell you – I *love* this screwdriver! I cannot even tell you how handy it has come in for things I do around the house. We bought the girls several storage cubes so that we can get rid of their big, clunky dressers in their room. Of course, the shelves all came un-assembled, and with hubby working so many hours because of the holidays, that left me to put them together. (I can hear you laughing. Just stop.) This screwdriver made it SO easy!! In minutes, we had all of the shelves assembled and ready to move into the girls’ room. I was so proud of myself, and couldn’t wait to show off to hubby that I really can do things around here… even at 7 months pregnant! Of course, now that I have this handy-dandy screwdriver set, he may start making me do more around the house. Maybe I should re-think this….

There are several features that I love: It’s battery operated. No cords to mess with, just turn her on and let her go. It’s so easy to use. If I can do it, seriously – anyone can! It goes forward and backward – so if you mess up, it’s easy to un-do what you just did and make it right. (Not that I’d know from experience or anything.) It comes with 12 mini bits that have fit all my needs – it even helped me fix my eye glasses when a screw popped out the other day. And the bits are all in a fabulous little storage case, so they don’t get lost. Easy to stay organized and have everything at the touch of your fingertips.

For less than $10, the Powertek Precision Screwdriver Set would make an awesome Christmas gift – or anytime gift for just about anyone on your list. If you’re into crafts, this would be an excellent tool to have on hand.

My hubby is a big fan of Husky Tools, and they’re always the first ones he’ll look at. You can’t beat the price, or the fact that they’re Guaranteed Forever.

If you still need a last minute gift, run on over to Home Depot and stock up on Husky Tools. You’ll make someone very happy this Christmas!

For more information about Husky Tools, and to see the fabulous deals Home Depot is running right now, visit this website: http://huskytoolsnews.com/


Disclaimer: I was contacted on behalf of Iron Bridge Tools aka Husky Hand Tools. I received the item mentioned above to facilitate my honest and full review. Opinions expressed are 100% my own and have not been influenced in any way. I have not been compensated in any monetary way for this post.

Wordless Wednesday: The Official Santa Picture

Merry Christmas!

My kids were a little apprehensive about sitting anywhere near Santa, but I was able to get them all in for what turned out to be a really great shot!

My mom thinks it’s just awful that I made my teenager sit with Santa, but since she’s one of my kids and has lots of younger brothers and sisters, I don’t see a problem with it. If you had a big spaced out family, would you make your teenager sit with Santa?

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Finally Getting Crafty!

I’ve been visiting my friend Lindsey’s blog – Kindred Spirit Mommy – a lot lately, and every time I stop by, it seems like that girl is making something new. I love getting crafty, but I never get time to do it anymore. That, and I’m really good at making gifts for baby girls. Since I’m having a boy, I’m kind of stumped as to what I can make for him and have been in a crafting ‘rut’ lately.

Last week, our area got hammered with snow and ice. Down here, they don’t have the equipment to deal with severe winter weather, so when it snows, you’re stuck. The kids were off school for days, and we were completely stuck in our house. I was frustrated, tired, and needed to do something, so I decided to make some gifts for a friend of mine that was due with a baby girl. I wanted to wait and give her the gifts at the hospital, and since she sometimes reads my blog, I didn’t want to risk her seeing the gifts and having the surprise ruined. Since she had her baby girl on Monday morning, and I’ve already stopped by the hospital to give her the gifts, I can finally share my craftiness with you all!

First, I made her a custom travel wipes case. These are one of my favorite things to make. In fact, it’s one of the only things I’ve made for my baby-to-be. We picked out our diaper bag recently, and I wanted a travel wipes case to match it. The one pictured below, though, is the one I made for my friend. Her diaper bag is black and white, but I know she loves pink, so I wanted to add a pop of color… and of course, some sparkles. After all, every baby girl deserves sparkles. Here’s the result:

The other item I made her is my absolute favorite thing to make for little girls: A Bow Bouquet. Every “flower” and leaf on the wooden stems are hairbows that can be worn in your little girl’s hair. The bouquet just gives you a cute place to store them all. And, since I knew my friend’s baby’s nursery had a garden theme – and that her momma was dying to get some hairbows, I just had to make this for her. Look how cute it turned out:

Sigh. I love making gifts for baby girls. It’s so much fun, and I can unleash my creativity and just let it flow.

Are you the crafty type? Would you rather make a gift for someone or buy it? What kind of things have you been making lately? (It is the holidays, and handmade gifts are my favorites, so I want to hear!)

And if you could, give me some ideas of things I can make for this baby boy. I’ve got less than 3 months to go, and I need to get on the ball!

eGift Social Makes Gift Giving Easy! (Review)

Having lived in the Chicago suburbs, NE Ohio, and now the Georgia Mountains, I have lots of friends and family in each place, as well as scattered all over other parts of the USA. Giving gifts can be difficult. Really difficult. If I buy presents to send, I’m charged an arm and a leg in shipping costs. So, I typically resort to giving gift cards. Which, gift cards are great. Don’t get me wrong. They allow friends and family to get exactly what they want, and they don’t have to wait in line to exchange them for something they really wanted.

Have you ever been traveling, and suddenly remembered that you forgot to get Cousin Sue a gift? What do you do? If you stop at a store and buy a gift card to drop in the mail, it will never make it there on time. Then, Cousin Sue will forever remember the year you forgot her and sent her gift late.

What if I told you there was a way to prevent that scenario from happening? Well, lucky for us, there is! eGift Social from First Data allows you to send gifts right from Facebook! Talk about easy! And, with just a simple code that can be redeemed at any location, the recipient of your gift can pull up their activation code on their phone or online to use no matter where they live. I love the idea behind it, and the convenience!

Here’s a short blurb about eGift Social:
Innovative new application from First Data that lets people quickly and easily send real gift items (like an ice cream treat, a cup of coffee, a sandwich, or a movie ticket) from some of their favorite stores to their friends on Facebook or by e-mail. Friends are notified by e-mail, Facebook wall posts or both. The message includes an account number that is redeemable for a real gift at participating merchant locations.

The First DataSM eGift SocialSM application is a cool new way to send your friends real gifts from their favorite stores. In just a few easy steps you can send a gift and your friend will be notified in real time, either on Facebook or by e-mail.

With the ability to buy gift certificates to places like Sears, Kmart, Sephora, Boston Market, Burger King, Dots, and more, it’s easy to find exactly what you need for any recipient. And it’s super easy for them to claim, which makes gift giving that much more fun!

Mom Central and First Data sent me a Kmart gift card and a Sephora gift card to test out for myself. It was so easy to pull up the email on my phone and get just what was on the gift certificate right there in the store.

I will definitely be using the eGift Social application for my gift-giving needs from now on. And, since it’s through Facebook, I have easy access to friends and family’s birthdays, anniversaries, and other special events. I love having everything all in one place and easy to access.

If you’re still struggling with last minute gifts, definitely check out the eGift Social application, and make someone’s holiday this year!

Disclaimer: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of First Data and received an eGift Social gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Family Taco Night with Old El Paso #Giveaway

This giveaway will end Wednesday, Jan. 5th at 11:59pm EST.

Family taco night is my favorite night. Tacos are the one food I can make where everyone is happy, and no one complains. We try to have family taco night once a week, but with things being so crazy right now, it’s been more like once every two weeks. That doesn’t matter, though, as long as we’re together for dinner, and get to eat tacos at some point, all is well.

The only taco seasoning I will buy for my family is Old El Paso. I love all the options they have. I tend to use their cheesy seasoning the most often, because it’s the most mild, and to change things up a bit, I’ll use the mild taco seasoning. (We’re not spicy-loving people, and I love that Old El Paso caters to mild-loving folks like us!) Old El Paso has all the dinner kits, chilies, dips and sides, sauces, shells, salsas, and seasonings that you could possibly need to make family taco night fabulous for everyone in your family!

Want to try something new on your next family taco night? Why not try one of these fabulous recipes?

  • Double Layer Tacos
    Old El Paso Favorite Recipe! Layered taco shells and tortillas create the “double” in beef- and bean-stuffed tacos.
  • Chicken Ranch Tacos
    Need a new idea for a 30-minute dinner? Here’s a twist on ta cos using precooked chicken.

And if you really want to spice things up and get everyone at the table laughing, have some fun with the world’s only family taco night game: El Tacodor, full of trivia, wordplay, and pantomime. My kids have a ball whenever we play El Tacodor! To learn more, download instructions, a score card, and a challenge sheet, head to www.ElTacodor.com.

If you want news, great tips, recipes, and much more, visit the Old El Paso website. While you’re there, why not share family fiesta photos and videos from your family taco nights on the El Tacodor Family Spotlight!

And if you like to save money, you can visit http://www.myblogspark.com/uc/main/b069/to download a printable coupon for $0.60 off any two Old El Paso products! It’s a great coupon, since all of the Old El Paso products are so reasonably priced!

Want to start a new tradition and have family taco night at your house?

MyBlogSpark, Old El Paso, and I want to make that happen. I’ve got an Old El Paso prize pack to give away to one winner. Here’s what you’ll get: a packet of original Old El Paso Taco Seasoning, a Cactus Chip & Dip Serving Dish, a set of 3 Fiesta Chili Pepper Serving dishes, and a $10 gift card to purchase all your taco fixings. We’re going to make family taco night loads of fun!

To Enter

Mandatory: Leave a comment and tell me this: Do you have a family taco night already? If so, what’s your favorite part? If not, what aspect of family taco night appeals most to you?
*Mandatory. If this is not done, you cannot win.

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Please note: I had originally asked you to write on the wall of the Old El Paso Facebook page and let them know that you were entering the contest here. I’ve been informed that this is spam, and asked not to do so by a representative of Old El Paso. I apologize for any inconvenience, but please don’t write on their wall. I had no idea it was spam. Live and learn.

Fine Print: Contest is open to residents of the US. If you already do any of the above, you qualify. Please leave a comment for each of the extra entries you complete. However, you must first leave the required comment as stated above. If you still have the old 5 Vinez Monkeys button on your blog, please switch it to the new Blessed Beyond Words button or your extra entry will not count. Giveaway will end on January 5th at 11:59pm (EST), and the winner will be selected via the “And the Winner is..” plugin. Winner will be notified via email upon selection, and will have 48 hours to claim their prize.

Disclaimer: I was contacted by MyBlogSpark on behalf of Old El Paso. I was sent the necessary products to facilitate my honest and thorough review. Opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own. I have not been compensated in any other way for this post. Sponsor is fulfilling the winner’s prize as stated above.

One Proud Momma…

On Sunday night, our church had their Christmas program. My 4 oldest kids each had a part in the program. Ashley, Zander, Jace, and Lucy all had speaking parts, and Lucy sang a solo toward the end of the program. I was so proud of each of them. They all did such a great job! They spoke their lines perfectly, and Lucy almost came in on time. (Not bad for a 4 year old!)

If you’d like to see the entire program, I’ve uploaded it to facebook. You can find it here: Revival Baptist Christmas Program 2010 I’m not sure if you have to add me as a friend to view it or not. I’ve tried to set it up so you can just watch it. If you try to watch and can’t, let me know.

Since the full length video is almost 20 minutes long, I’ll just give you a little taste and let you enjoy Lucy singing her song:


Direct Link

Hope you enjoyed that! See why I’m so proud? Oh, and yes… that’s Jace in the background swinging his arms and playing with his crown. He couldn’t let Lucy have *all* the attention.

Chex Party Mix – Makes Parties Fun! #Giveaway

This giveaway will end Sunday, Jan. 2nd at 11:59pm EST.

I love holiday parties. Gathering with friends and family, reminiscing about the old days. It’s great! And at most holiday parties through the years, I remember Chex Party Mix being served. It’s the perfect snack food, and I can never keep my hand out of the bowl when there’s Chex Party Mix around.

It starts with crunchy Chex cereal, and in just 15 minutes, you can have your choice of delicious mouth-watering party mix ready to serve to all your guests. Whether you’re having just a few friends over, or if you’ve invited half your neighborhood to your home for a large holiday bash, Chex Party Mix is the perfect snack to impress everyone that attends.

I love all the different varieties you can make – sweet, salty, even spicy. There’s something for every taste and every taste bud! There are even 4 gluten-free varieties of Chex cereal so that even your party guests with gluten restrictions can enjoy the yummy taste of Chex Party Mix recipes. (Please note: Multi-Bran and Wheat Chex are not gluten-free.)

Right now at your local Walmart, you can find free recipe cards for Chex Lemon Buddies, Chex Apple pie Snack Mix, and Tex Chex Party Mix. Each of these recipes are sure to become instant crowd pleasers, and your guests will be begging you for the recipe! (Makes you feel great when no one ever asks you for your recipes… like me!) Also be sure to check out the Chex website for some really great Chex Party Mix recipes.

Myblogspark recently sent me a box of Rice Chex, a measuring cup set, and a fabulous tote bag so that I could make some Chex Party Mix recipes of my own and let friends and family put them to the test! I ended up making the Chex Muddy Buddies. Oh.My.Word. I had intended to make these for a church get-together, but after trying a handful, I decided it needed to stay at home. Luckily, the rest of the family agreed with me. Not that it was hard to convince them… I loved how easy the recipe was to make, and how wonderful it was to just use things I already had on hand! And the taste…. mmmmmm…. satisfied every chocolately craving I had!

With Christmas just around the corner… and then New Year’s, be sure to stock up on Chex Mix now so that you can have lots of options to serve your guests!

Want to win a Chex Party Mix Prize Pack?

MyBlogSpark and Chex have offered up a Chex Party Mix Prize Pack to one of my readers. You’ll receive a box of Rice Chex, a Measuring Cup Set, and a Tote Bag.

To Enter

Mandatory: Tell me one Chex Party Mix Recipe you’d love to try. (You can find some options here.)
*Mandatory. If this is not done, you cannot win.

Want Extra Entries?

  • Blog About this Giveaway. Be sure to include a link to Blessed Beyond Words and the Chex website.(5 extra entries)
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  • Become a fan of Blessed Beyond Words on Facebook. (Leave your Facebook first name and last initial, please.)
  • Become a fan of Chex Mix on Facebook. (Leave your Facebook first name and last initial, please.)
  • Share this giveaway on Facebook. (Once per DAY – just leave a link, or copy/paste text that you posted with your Facebook User Name.)
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Fine Print: Contest is open to residents of the US. If you already do any of the above, you qualify. Please leave a comment for each of the extra entries you complete. However, you must first leave the required comment as stated above. If you still have the old 5 Vinez Monkeys button on your blog, please switch it to the new Blessed Beyond Words button or your extra entry will not count. Giveaway will end on January 2nd at 11:59pm (EST), and the winner will be selected via the “And the Winner is..” plugin. Winner will be notified via email upon selection, and will have 48 hours to claim their prize.

Disclaimer: I was contacted by MyBlogSpark on behalf of Chex. I was sent the necessary products to facilitate my honest and thorough review. Opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own. I have not been compensated in any other way for this post. Sponsor is fulfilling the winner’s prize as stated above.

H&S Chocolates Shares The True Meaning of Christmas #Giveaway

This giveaway will end Friday, December 31st at 11:59pm EST.

It’s no secret that I love chocolate. And this year, H&S Candies wants to remind people of the true meaning of Christmas through their candies. This Christmas, you can spread joy by giving your loved ones chocolate with a real purpose. Each delicious candy comes wrapped with an inspirational message printed right on it. As an added bonus, H&S Chocolates donates a portion of sales to Samaritans Purse, a charity that provides spiritual and physical aid to victims of war, poverty, natural disaster, and disease.

I’ve had the opportunity to taste test their chocolate myself, and it is heavenly – really. Each piece was heart shaped and wrapped in a beautiful silver package. On the package was a printed Scripture, reminding us how much God loves us.

These candies would make the perfect gift for anyone on your list this year. The best part is, they’re available at your local Walmart. How many times do you plan to run there this week? Pick up a box and make someone’s day just a little brighter with a box of H&S Chocolates.

Want to try H&S Chocolates for Yourself?

H&S Chocolates has graciously offered up a box of their holiday chocolates to one of my readers.

To Enter

Mandatory: Leave a comment below and tell me what the True Meaning of Christmas means to you.
*Mandatory. If this is not done, you cannot win.

Want Extra Entries?

  • Blog About this Giveaway. Be sure to include a link to Blessed Beyond Words and the Heart & Soul Candies website.(5 extra entries)
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  • Become a fan of Blessed Beyond Words on Facebook. (Leave your Facebook first name and last initial, please.)
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Fine Print: Contest is open to residents of the US. If you already do any of the above, you qualify. Please leave a comment for each of the extra entries you complete. However, you must first leave the required comment as stated above. If you still have the old 5 Vinez Monkeys button on your blog, please switch it to the new Blessed Beyond Words button or your extra entry will not count. Giveaway will end on December 31st at 11:59pm (EST), and the winner will be selected via the “And the Winner is..” plugin. Winner will be notified via email upon selection, and will have 48 hours to claim their prize.

Disclaimer: I was contacted by a representative of Heart & Soul Candies. I was sent the necessary products to facilitate my honest and thorough review. Opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own. I have not been compensated in any other way for this post. Sponsor is fulfilling the winner’s prize as stated above.

I Think I Did It!

Well, it looks like the move over went all right. Just a heads up, in your email from me tonight, you may get a list with a bunch of posts – most of which you’ve already received. But, since it’s a “new” blog, it thinks they’re new posts. Today should be the only day that happens, so thank you for your patience and support.

I hope that ya’all love the new blog as much as I do, and that you’ll stick around. I’ve got lots of giveaways starting next week! Be sure to stay tuned.

And please give me a few days to work out all the kinks. There’s still much to fix, but I’m exhausted!

Ready…. Set…. GO!

Ok, so it probably won’t happen that fast. I still have a lot to do for the transfer over to our new domain, but it’s getting there. I just want you all to be prepared if you happen to log in here this afternoon and things look a little wonky. Once the transfer is complete, www.5vinezmonkeys.com will automatically forward to www.blessedbeyondwords.com.

Thank you SO much for your patience through all of this. I really do have the best readers in the entire world!

See you on the flip side…. hopefully soon!

Family Friendly Friday – 12.17.10 (Guest Post)

Family Values Entertainment News, Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved – 12.17.10

Moms Speak Out

Check out this week’s Moms Speak Out question and let your voices be heard. With Christmas just around the corner, I have to ask:

“If you could have one Christmas wish, what would it be?”

Speak up and make a difference! If there’s a question you’d like to have discussed, let’s hear it. Please email me your Moms Speak Out comments and suggestions!

Quiet on the Set 
The countdown to Christmas has started.  Without a doubt, this is my favorite time of year and my favorite holiday.  I absolutely love Christmas and how it gives you the chance to wish for the stars, so every year I make a wish for my family.    For me, Christmas also means quality time with my loved ones and an opportunity to take a time out in the midst of my self-inflicted entrepreneur addiction. 

Speaking of work, were you able to catch Family Values Cinema on Lifetime’s The Balancing Act this past Wednesday? If you missed it,you can watch Family Values Cinema and the National Board of Mothers highlighted on The Balancing Act TV segment. I am so proud of this segment and look forward to all your feedback!

Remember to take a look at our Moms Speak Out section above and let me hear about your Christmas wish! As they say out here in Hollywood, “lights, camera, action!”

Starting this week I will be featuring a family movie DVD once a month instead of weekly.


Do you have a favorite family movie you want to share? Send me a suggestion and I will talk to our team at the National Board of Mothers about reviewing it to be Mom Reviewed and Mom Approved.

If you are interested in finding other family friendly movies on DVD, here is a good place to start.

This week offers some many great Christmas options for TV shows from the Parent Television Council for fun holiday viewing. Here are my favorite picks which happen to not be holiday themed as there are so many of those to choose from in that category: First, Toy Story & Toy Story 2 both are being shown this weekend and are fun animations; second, The Princess Bride, is hands down one of my favorite family movies of all time, teaching us how great love conquers all.

Here are some other family friendly options for the week:

Friday, December 17, 2010Yes, Virginia, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) CBS An 8-year-old girl in 1897 New York tries to discover if Santa Claus actually exists and writes a letter to a newspaper editor as a last resort to find the answer. 
An Old-Fashioned Christmas, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel A young American and her refined grandmother spend Christmas in Ireland, where they visit an earl whose fortune is eroding.  But the earl’s scheming wife has a plan to restore the family’s wealth that involves a romance between the American and the earl’s son. 

Saturday, December 18, 2010
Toy Story, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Family Computer-animated tale of a rivalry between two dolls: a cowboy named Woody and a space ranger Buzz Lightyear. 
I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Linus and Lucy’s littler brother, ReRun, tries to avoid the Van Pelt family’s holiday craziness by staying with Snoopy and his own sibling, the desert-dwelling Spike. 

Sunday, December 19, 2010
The Santa Clause 2, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Tim Allen returns as Santa, who discovers his run as Kris Kringle will end if he doesn’t find a Mrs. Clause. 
Toy Story 2, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Family Buzz and the gang try to rescue Woody when he’s kidnapped by an evil toy collector in this computer-animated sequel. 

Monday, December 20, 2010
The Ultimate Gift, 7:30 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel Low-key heartwarmer about a spoiled heir who must find true meaning in his life before he can acquire his inheritance. 
Miracle on 34th Street, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) AMC Edmund Gwenn won an Oscar for his portrayal of the department-store Santa who goes on trial to prove he’s the real Kriss Kringle in this heartwarming Christmas tale.   

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel Belle prepares a holiday celebration against the wishes of the Beast in this made-for-video sequel to the 1991 Disney animated hit. 
The Christmas Choir, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel A run-in with a homeless man inspires a recently dumped workaholic to organize a choir at a local shelter with help from a nun. 

Wednesday, December 22, 2010
The Polar Express, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel Animated Christmas fable about a skeptical 8-year-old boy who’s whisked to the North Pole by a mysterious train conductor. 
A Home for the Holidays, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) CBS The 12th annual event to raise awareness of adoption features musical performances by Katy Perry, Melissa Etheridge, Maroon 5, Ricky Martin, and Nelly. 

Thursday, December 23, 2010
How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 8:30 p.m. (Eastern) ABC The Grinch plots to ruin the Hoo’s Christmas by stealing all their toys and decorations, but instead learns a lesson about what Christmas is really about.
The Princess Bride, 8:00 (Eastern) AMC Evil Prince Humperdink arranges to have his fiancée, the beautiful Buttercup, kidnapped; but the Dread Pirate Roberts shows up to rescue the Princess.

To see the complete list of shows recommended by the Parents Television Council and/or to learn more about this great organization, please visit www.parentstv.org

This week we have a fun animated classic coming to the big screen and I think everyone in your family will enjoy it!

Yogi Bear
by Christopher Gildemeister

Release Date: December 17, 2010
MPAA rating:
PG for some mild rude humor
Starring:
Tom Cavanagh, Anna Faris, T.J. Miller, voices of Dan Ackroyd and Justin Timberlake
Recommended age:
5+
Overall PTC Traffic Light Rating:
Green
Sex:
Very mild innuendo
Violence:
Slapstick
Language:
Mild toilet humor remarks
Behavior:
Rule breaking


Cartoon favorite Yogi Bear is back in this live-action 3-D picture. Talking bear Yogi is constantly stealing picnic baskets from visitors to Jellystone Park, to the consternation of park Ranger Smith and Yogi’s pal Boo Boo. When the unscrupulous Mayor Brown decides to sell the park’s logging rights, Ranger Smith must pull together with Yogi, Boo Boo, and a nature-loving documentary filmmaker named Rachel to save the park from destruction…in Yogi’s typical crazy style.

There is little content to concern parents in Yogi Bear. Some mildly crass remarks and innuendos are heard, such as a flustered Ranger Smith telling Rachel, “I can handle you for that;” Rachel’s discussion of using “bird poop” to write on tree bark; Yogi talking about Boo Boo’s problem with baked beans: “for a little bear, he makes a big stink;” and Yogi’s advice to Ranger Smith on how to attract Rachel: “urinate on her to mark her as your territory.” Yogi also dances to the tune “I Love Big Butts,” spits into the camera (in 3-D), and eats a worm, which later crawls out of his nose. The above constitute nearly all such content in the movie, however, so there is actually very little given the film’s 80-minute running time. The movie is also filled with slapstick such as Yogi tripping, crashing into trees, and, of course, stealing visitor’s picnic baskets, but this is presented in a light-hearted way faithful to the TV cartoon.

Yogi Bear is a fun picture filled with manic comedy and action, sure to amuse younger children.

The Parents Television Council and the National Board of Mothers® does not recommend this picture for viewers under age five.

It’s a wrap! I hope you enjoy this week’s picks and find a few moments to day dream about your Christmas wish. As always I am here for you and would love to hear any feedback or suggestions you may have, so please email me at Family Values Cinema. See you next Friday!


Founder, National Board of Mothers®

Patty is first and foremost an experienced mother both to her teenage daughter, and to her Labradoodle Romeo. With a great passion for wholesome entertainment, Patty spearheaded the National Board of Mothers to establish a rigorous review process ensuring that your family’s treasured time is enjoyed with Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved products. Patty is most currently known for forging new ground with family friendly entertainment as the Founder of not only the National Board of Mothers, but also Family Values Cinema. You can read more about Patty and family friendly entertainment here or email her with any questions.

Disclaimer: This is a weekly guest post on behalf of Family Values Entertainment. I am not being compensated for this post, but links included in this post may be affiliate links. Read more about my relationship with Family Values Cinema here.

Mickey’s Magic Show Winners!

 

I’m so jealous…. I so wish I could go to this show! But, since I can’t, I get to pick 2 winners who get to enjoy the show with their families!

Ready?

Here are the numbers that Random.org gave me….

And the winning comments…

Congratulations to both of you! I’m so excited for you. I sent an email your way, please respond ASAP so that I can get your information to the sponsor right away. I need to get your information to her today, so you can pick up your tickets at will-call on Sunday.

If you didn’t win, there’s still time to get your tickets for the show. Here are the details again:

What: Disney Live! Mickey’s Magic Show
Where:  Philips Arena
When:  Sunday, December 19th – 2 performances – 12 PM & 3 PM
Tickets:  start at $15 (plus applicable fees)

How to purchase your tickets: http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/114689/1016361 OR charge by phone (800) 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets, and Philips Arena Box Office

Want to save some money on your tickets? Go to www.ticketmaster.com/atlmagic and save up to $25 a ticket!

Thanks to all who entered. I wish I could have given all of you a set of tickets!