#AD: @TheQueensTreas: @LHPrairie Laura Ingalls 18″ Doll #LittleHouseMoment #Review & #Giveaway

sampleDisclaimer: I received a sample of the Laura Ingalls doll from The Queen’s Treasures. Opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own and have not been influenced in any way.

When I was a little girl, I had an obsession with Little House on the Prairie. It started with the books. I loved reading, and the Little House book set was the first set of books I ever read. I loved them so much, I probably read the entire set through 5 or 6 times. I also loved the television show. I couldn’t get enough of it, and I watched it every chance I got. In fact, I still watch it whenever I get the opportunity to sit down. (Which isn’t as often as I’d like any more! 😉 )

So, when The Queen’s Treasures offered me the chance to review their exclusive 18″ Laura Ingalls doll, I had to jump on it. What a sweet way to pass my love and memories of Little House on to my girls.


My girls often watch Little House reruns with me, so they know exactly who Laura Ingalls is. And, it made my heart leap with joy when Carly, (my 3 year old), recognized her when I opened the box. (I think the sweet little nightgown and cap set is what Carly recognized first.)

This gorgeous doll typically sits on my dresser, proudly displaying how beautiful she is. (See the photo above.) But, every so often, I will happen up this scene in my bedroom:


Carly will sneak into my room, carefully climb up to my dresser, and take the doll onto my bed, where she will gently cover her, play with her, and enjoy the doll for a few minutes. She always gets caught, and while she knows she’s not supposed to play with the doll, I can’t bring myself to get onto her about it. I think it’s sweet.

If Little House had a significant impact in your life, I know you’re going to love this doll! Want some even better news? You’ll have a chance to win the complete collection of Little House products! It’s valued at over $700! You could also win the Little House on the Prairie DVD Set, ($100+ value), or the Laura Ingalls Wilder documentary ($20+ value). See the rafflecopter gadget below.

If you’re ready to purchase this gorgeous doll and all the accessories she needs, she can be purchased through The Queen’s Treasures Website or on Target.com. She’s available for just $99.99, so grab one today.

I also want to encourage you to check out www.LittleHouseonthePrairie.com where you can find tops of helpful and educational details all about Little House on the Prairie. You’ll find a historical timeline, history articles, fun crafts, recipes, and so much more.

Also, be sure to follow The Queen’s Treasures and Little House on the Prairie on the following social media accounts:

Now, be sure to enter the awesome giveaway here:

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#Sponsored: Entenmann’s Harvest Products #Facebook #Giveaway & #Review

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Fall is my absolute favorite season, and even though I am deathly allergic to pumpkin, I still love all the other fun things Fall brings, including all the fun food choices!

Entenmann’s contacted me recently and wanted to me to share with my readers all of their fun fall offerings. You can find things like:

  • Entenmann’s® Pumpkin Pop’ems – these are my husband’s favorite. Even though I can’t enjoy them like everyone else, they are still a staple in our house this fall. 🙂 Check out this cute little video:

  • Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Apple Cinnamon Muffins – Now, these?! I absolutely love! They remind me of years ago when we’d go to the apple orchard. These are so soft and moist and YUMMY. There’s just no other way to describe them. (Also, this month, you can find Butter Cookie Muffins. Don’t those sound divine? That’s what I’m trying next!)
  • Entenmann’s single serve coffee selections – These are such a great option. With classic, dessert, and harvest flavor choices, you are certain to find something you love. (We received the vanilla flavor, and it smells like vanilla cake – and it tastes even better!

Entenmann’s offers some of the most amazing fall harvest choices you can find anywhere. They all taste great and are good to the last bite. (Just ask my kids!)

If you’d like to win the prize pack listed above, head on over to our Facebook page and learn how to enter and win!

Hurry, the giveaway ends 11/13 at 9pm Eastern Time. Don’t delay… enter right now!

#Ad: US Flag #3DCoinArt Set #Review & #Giveaway

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If there is one thing our home is never lacking, it’s spare change. Usually, it falls out of my husband’s pockets and ends up in the couch, although we do have a jar where it’s supposed to go.

I’m always looking for a fun, unique way for my kids to pass the time, and this 3D Coin Art set is perfect! My kids were thrilled to see that we got the US Flag Set, and they couldn’t wait to attack our spare change jar and start putting the coins into the flag.


I loved watching them work together. And, while the spare change from our jar (and our couch!) didn’t quite fill up the set, they boys had so much fun working on this project. I do wish the flag held quarters, though, because we were left with lots of quarters after the boys were done. But, at the same time, it’s probably a good thing it doesn’t hold quarters, just because my kids and my husband would be much more likely to break into the flag to get the quarters out. 😉

We’ve decided we’re going to take our quarters to the bank and exchange them for pennies, dimes, and nickles so the boys can finish filling up the flag puzzle. They’re really excited about it, and I’d love for them to have something to display that they’re proud of.

Here’s how far they got:


Look how proud they are!

We still have a long way to go, but we’ll get there! Zander, the older boy in this picture, has decided they’re not putting any stickers on the base until they’ve got it all filled in and can display it.

I love that this brought some of my kids together for a project. They’ve both had so much fun with it, and they can’t wait to finish it so they can display it. What a simple, easy project that anyone can do – whether they are just a kid or an avid coin collector.

If you’d like to purchase your own 3D Coin Art Set, head to http://www.3dcoinart.com/ right now! You can learn more about how the sets work and what sets are available.

Also, for a chance to win your own 3D Coin Art Set, use the rafflecopter gadget below:

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#Spon: #SickJustGotReal – Beat Cold & Flu Season with Pfizer Pediatric Products @Target #Giveaway

sampleDisclaimer: The Pfizer Pediatric Platform products, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. All thoughts and reviews are my own.


Cold and flu season in our house is a nightmare. With 8 kids, they pass germs like crazy! Playdates, school, birthday parties, church activities, even trips to the park and the grocery store expose the kids to more germs than I even want to think about. So, naturally, someone ends up sick. Then, just as one gets better, two more get sick. It’s a viscous cycle that we can’t ever seem to beat.

Thankfully, we can stock up on Pfizer Pediatric products at Target when Sick Gets Real in our house. They help us be prepared for fevers, coughs, and colds that come our way and want to linger in my kids.


If Sick just got real.™ for your family, there are so many different solutions to help tackle the worst of symptoms, like Children’s Advil®, Children’s Robitussin®, and/or Children’s Dimetapp®:

  • Infants’ and Children’s Advil® provide unsurpassed fever and pain relief(1) , and contain ibuprofen, the medicine pediatricians use most for their own kids’ fevers(2) (for ages 6 months -11 years)
  • Children’s Robitussin® provides soothing action and cough control with some formulations lasting up to 8 hours (for ages 6-12 years)
  • Children’s Dimetapp® provides great-tasting cold-fighting power and is the #1 pharmacist recommended brand for children’s cough & cold symptoms(3) (for ages 6+)

*It is important to remember to always read and keep the cartons for complete warnings and dosing information on Pfizer Pediatric Platform products and to use as directed

Please take a few moments to check out the following links and learn more about the Pfizer Pediatric Platform products to help your little ones when Sick Gets Real at your house:

There’s no way around it. Kids get sick. It just happens, no matter how hard you try to prevent it. While there’s no way to keep the sickness from coming on, you can make your little ones more comfortable. So, if Sick Just Got Real at your house, head to Target and stock up on the Pfizer products listed above.


To help you stock up on all the things you need to keep your little ones comfortable this cold season, I’m giving away a Pfizer Pediatric Platform package to one lucky reader! Here’s what you’ll get:


  • A product bundle including each of the Pfizer Pediatric Platform products (Children’s Advil®, Children’s Robitussin®, Children’s Dimetapp®)
  • A $50 Target gift card to purchase additional Pfizer Pediatric Platform products at Target to get your family through cough, cold, and flu season

Want to win? Enter using the Rafflecopter Gadget below!

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Giveaway will end at midnight Thursday, 4/21. I will select and contact the winner that same day. You MUST claim your prize that day so that I can get your information over to the sponsor.

1 Among OTC pain relievers.

2 Based on a survey of doctors.

3 Source: 2015-16 Pharmacy Times and U.S. News & World Report.

#Sponsored: “Captive” DVD #CaptiveMovie #FlyBy #Review & #Giveaway

sampleDisclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

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


Captive is based on a true story about the power of faith over fear. It is the story of how two lost souls collided. Brain Nichols is on the run and desperate to make contact with his brand new baby boy. He takes Ashley Smith hostage in her own apartment. Fearing for her life, and wanting nothing more than to be able to see her daughter again, she finally tuns to Rick Warren’s “The Purpose Driven Life” for guidance. Ashley and Brian come to a crossroads where they discover hope and light in the midst of despair.

I received a copy of Captive for my family, and we couldn’t wait until our next Family Movie Night. I made the choice to allow my older children to watch the movie, (ages 11 and up), but I’m thankful I didn’t allow the younger ones to stay up and watch it.

My husband and myself were able to have some really deep discussion after the movie with my older children, and I was quite surprised by how much they understood and had questions about. There was a lot of drug use in the movie. Lots of violence. Some was scary violence. Brian Nichols was a very scary man. And we all discussed how making one bad choice can lead you down a path of many bad choices. Before you know it, you’re going down a path it’s impossible to come back from. (Luckily, we know that through Christ, ALL things are possible, but that still doesn’t make it easy!)

The story was intense from beginning to end. I don’t think any of my kids moved from their seats. The only thing I wish is that faith had been more of a motivator in the movie, or that God had been featured a little bit more. But, there was enough faith shown that it helped open the door for great discussion with my kids. I was able to talk with them about the choices they make when they’re young, and how they will impact them when they get older. We talked a lot about staying away from drugs and alcohol, and not even trying them when “all” their friends are. We talked about having courage and strength to say NO, and if they don’t have the courage to say no on their own, they can trust Christ to give them the courage they need.

Overall, I did enjoy the movie, and I’m thankful for the discussion it was able to open up with my children. I cannot imagine all that Ashley Smith went through, but I’m certain her testimony has led – and will lead – many people to Christ.

To learn more about the movie, please check out the following links:

Want to win a copy of Captive for your family? Just leave a comment on this blog post and tell me a time when you needed faith to get through a scary situation. (If you don’t have an example, just leave your favorite Bible verse as a comment.)

Contest will end January 29th at 11:59pm ET. Please use the guidelines in the disclaimer to see if you qualify. Contest open to US & Canada.

#Sponsored: Another @PhotoPad_VG #Giveaway! ($25 OR $100 Amazon GC – Your Choice!)

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Last month, I ran a contest for a $100 Amazon Gift Card, and I have to say, I’m a little baffled. There wasn’t one entry on that giveaway post! That’s just crazy!

So, I approached the owner of photoPAD, and we talked. We want to give you another chance to win! I’ll get to the giveaway in a minute. 🙂

While I kind of kept a business focus on my last post, I want you to see how great this can be for sharing family photos with those you love most!

Take a look at my family PAD:

Isn’t it cute? And it only took a few minutes to make. Now, I can share my PAD with family and friends on Facebook, twitter, or through email at the click of a button!

It’s like digital scrapbooking without all the headache, expense, and frustration. It’s so easy to create a PAD!

Just in case you’ve forgotten, here are the steps to create your own PAD:

  • First, head to the PhotoPad website.
  • In the top right corner, click on “Start Exploring.”
  • Click on “Join Today.” (Takes 30 seconds to join. SO easy!!)
  • Click on the Plus (+) sign at the top left of the page to create a new pad.
  • Follow the steps to Describe your Pad and get to work using the tools on the right!
  • Now, add pictures and create pages to complete your Pad.

Be sure to save your work at the end, and then you can share your pad by finding the link and sharing through social media. To find the link to your Pad, go to the home page, then click the funnel icon. Just click on “My Pads” and there you have it! SO easy!

I really want to encourage you to try out the new photoPAD for yourself. I think you’re going to love it!

And, to reward you, we’re holding another giveaway. You can win a $25 Amazon Gift Card OR a $100 Amazon Gift Card – your choice. Here’s how it will work:

  • 1. To enter for a $25 Amazon Gift Card, visit the PhotoPad Business Facebook Page. (Because we can’t ask you to “like” the page, according to Facebook rules, we sure would appreciate a “like” if you “like” what you see!)
  • 2. Want to increase your prize to a $100 Amazon Gift Card? Simply create your own Pad, with at least 2 slides, using the PhotoPad creator. (Follow the steps above.)
  • 3. Leave a comment on this post and tell me you did the above. If you created a pad, please leave a link to your PAD in your comment.(You MUST leave a link to your pad in order to win the $100 prize.)

Contest will end Sunday, January 17th at 11:59pm, and winner will be announced and contacted on January 18th.

Winner has been selected…. thanks to all who entered!


#Sponsored: Enter the Store Brand Formula’s Unique Baby Sweepstakes #Contest

sponsoredDisclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Store Brand Baby Formula. Opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced in any way.

Be sure to read to the end of this post… I’m giving away a $30 Visa Gift Card to one lucky reader!

As a mom of 8, I understand the desire to cut costs without cutting quality. That’s why I’ve always been a fan of store brand baby formula. When I could no longer breastfeed my children, we made the switch to store brand formula. It has saved us lots of money over the years, and my kids are still healthy, happy, and thriving. Store brand formula is great when you need a little help keeping your costs low.

When it comes to infant formula, many factors will help make the decision of what’s best for your baby, but the name on the container should not be one of them!

What most moms don’t know is that the FDA strictly regulates infant formula to keep little ones safe, so store brand infant formulas, like Walmart’s Parent’s Choice and Target’s Up and Up, are nutritionally comparable to national brands like Enfamil® and Similac® and meet FDA standards, at a much lower cost to your family.

So essentially, the brand of formula you use is not unique, but of course your baby is unique.

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To shine the spotlight on the most important part of the formula equation: your baby, Store Brand Formula is launching a “Unique Baby” Photo Sweepstakes in which the winner will receive $5,000 AND a year supply of Store Brand Formula.

Every baby is unique. Show us how YOUR baby is unique. We’re looking for funny, silly, odd, crazy unique baby photos.


My Sawyer is definitely unique. My goodness, this child is hysterical! The faces he makes, the things he gets into. He is the funnest little boy you will ever meet. Definitely one of a kind, and definitely one I want to show off to the world. 😉


Is your baby making a really bizarre expression?

Perhaps your baby is making an angry face?

Or maybe your baby’s hair is sticking up in a funny way.

Whatever it is, we’d love to see it.


How to Enter
To enter the Store Brand Formula Unique Baby Sweepstakes, simply visit http://bit.ly/1Fd2i6y and follow the photo submission guidelines and the on-screen instructions to complete the online entry form. All entries must be submitted between September 28, 2015 – November 5, 2015.

Limit one (1) entry per person, per day for the duration of the Sweepstakes

One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive $5,000 and a one (1) year supply of the winner’s choice of Store Brand Baby Formula. Five (5) First Prize winners will receive $200 and a one (1) year supply of the winner’s c choice of Store Brand Baby Formula.

For official rules click here!

Want to win a $30 Visa Gift Card? All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and tell me one way your baby is unique. Bonus entries if you enter the Store Baby Formula Sweepstakes and if you share this post on your social media outlets. (Just leave separate comments each time you share! No limit!) Contest Ends October 11th.

A winner has been selected:

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#Sponsored: #Giveaway @Walmart and @Pampers Team Up to Support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

sampleDisclaimer: The Walmart gift cards and information have been provided by P&G. Any opinions expressed are 100% my own.

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Right now, you can make a difference in the life of a child, just by purchasing items you already use from the store you already visit.

Walmart believes that every child deserves the chance at a better life, so they’ve teamed up with other favorite brands, (like Pampers), to donate $200,000 in the month of June to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. In addition to that, when you purchase products like Pampers Swaddlers at your local Walmart store, a portion of the proceeds will go to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals provide treatment and hope to millions of sick kids. In fact, one in every ten kids in North America are treated by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals each year. It doesn’t matter if it’s a common childhood affliction such as asthma or a broken bone, or a bigger challenge like birth defects or cancer, Children’s Miracle Network provides treatment for it all.

You can learn more about the partnership and even make your own donation by visiting this link: Walmart.com/cmnh.

Take a moment and look at this infographic to understand why they need your support:

infographic(To view the infographic as a full size PDF, just click on the image.)

They do so much good for so many children. They deserve our support!

I want to share the story of Will, a sweet little boy at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. At just 6 years old, Will is battling Stage 3 Liver Cancer (Hepatoblastoma). Here’s his story:

2014 IA Champion-Will (b, in hospital)

Dozens of vacuum cleaners line the walls of Will’s home, and he’ll impress you by rattling off the make and model of each one. But his unlikely passion for the household appliance is less surprising than the fact that he beat a grim diagnosis with a 5 percent survival rate.

Will was only 2 years old when a large mass was discovered on his liver, triggering several rounds of intense chemotherapy and the removal of 75 percent of the organ. It was a happy day when doctors declared he was in remission, but Will is still facing aftereffects — both physical and emotional — of the disease.

Medications caused numbness in Will’s hands, legs and feet, forcing him to relearn how to walk. He also had to overcome fears that everyone he encountered would inflict pain. With the love and support of his family, Will is tackling one obstacle at a time. He looks forward to a bright future that, hopefully, includes running his own vacuum shop one day.

CMN Hospitals funds helped cover Will’s pharmacy bills and also paid for a pediatric hematology oncology research laboratory that will benefit kids like him for many years to come.

What a sweet spirit that little boy has! And you can help kids just like Will by purchasing items like Pampers Swaddlers at your local Walmart store, or by clicking here to make a donation.

To help encourage you to head to Walmart and stock up on items like Pampers Swaddlers, P&G wants to give one of my readers the chance to win a $25 Walmart Gift Card. To enter, use the Rafflecopter Gadget below.

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Giveaway ends July 15th at 12:00am.

#Sponsored: Support UNICEF & Enter to Win! #Giveaway

sampleDisclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of UNICEF Market. I received samples in order to facilitate my review. Opinions expressed are 100% my own.

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I recently posted about UNICEF here on the blog, and how they have provided more than 6 decades of service for children and mothers. This is a cause that I can proudly stand behind, and one that I support wholeheartedly. Donating to UNICEF is an easy way to help keep this amazing cause going.

But now, there is a better, easier way to donate to UNICEF, and it’s by doing one of my very favorite things: SHOPPING! The UNICEF Market is now open, and you can quickly and easily support their talented artists as well has help UNICEF save and protect children.

The wonderful people behind the UNICEF Market contacted me and asked me to review their new website and spend $50 on their site. Happy to support this cause in any way that I can, I jumped on the chance, and then jumped on the site.

I was truly blown away!

There were so many amazing items! From earrings to furniture and totes to ponchos, they had everything I could even imagine. And every single item was so beautiful and handmade by the most incredible artists.

After browsing the site for what seemed like forever, I narrowed my choices down to two items:

(Please note: I also ordered several other items, but they are gifts for others, and went above the $50 gift card I received in order to do this review, so I will not be sharing them here.)

Knowing the items were shipping from overseas, I expected to have to wait awhile for them to arrive. Imagine my surprise when about a week after placing my order, the items were at my door!

The items were even more beautiful than pictured on the website. I wear the anchor earrings almost every single day now. They are the perfect size and weight and go with almost everything – casual or dressy.

I also use the elephant mug everyday. I’ve started drinking a special tea to help aid in weight loss, and the mug is the perfect size for what I need. Not to mention, it’s just so pretty to look at.

And while I cannot post about the other items I ordered here, I do want to tell you that I love every one of them as well. The UNICEF gift wrap is also a perfect touch so the recipients will know their item helped support saving children. It doesn’t get much better than that.

I am super impressed with the UNICEF Market, and I have already bookmarked several more items for Christmas and Anniversary presents. This may be my favorite new place to shop online, especially knowing my purchase can help make a difference in the lives of others.

The UNICEF Market has also graciously offered up another $50 Gift Certificate to one of my readers. Use the Rafflecopter gadget to enter below. Giveaway Ends April 14th at 12:00am. (Gift code will expire April 30th, so you must shop quickly.)

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Thank you for supporting the UNICEF Market!

#Sponsored: Share Your Heart with @BuildABear and @MakeAWish #Giveaway

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(Giveaway is being hosted on the Blessed Beyond Words Facebook page. Just like this Facebook post.)

My kids love Build-A-Bear Workshop.

Ok. Ok. We all do. On our first Valentine’s Day, my hubby bought both me and Ashley our own Build-A-Bear friends. We both still have them, even all these years later.

We still frequent Build-A-BearWorkshop as often as we can: birthdays, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and even “just because.” These cuddly friends are a fantastic way to share your heart with the ones you love.

And, now through March 31, 2015, you can also “Share Your Heart” and helping create special days for the children who need it most by making a donation to Make-A-Wish. Guests who visit their local Build-A-Bear store will have the opportunity to purchase a satin heart with a donation of $1 or more. When you make a donation, you will be asked to sign a Valentine greeting for a child in a local hospital.

Want to know the best part? 100% of the donations and proceeds from the satin hearts collected will go directly to benefit Make-A-Wish.

Last year, Build-A-Bear Workshop donated more than $440,000 to Make-A-Wish through their Share Your Heart partnership. With your help, we can make that number even bigger! You can help Build-A-Bear make more life-changing wishes come true. Every wish come true helps empower children with life-threatening medical conditions to fight harder against their illness. Your donation of $1 or more can make a true difference in the life of a child. Learn more by visiting www.buildabear.com/wish.


#Sponsored: Save Money With Food Lion’s #CouponHub {#Giveaway}

Disclaimer: This post and the giveaway are sponsored by Food Lion.

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The holidays are just around the corner. If you’re anything like me, you’re already stressing about all the grocery shopping you’ll have to do. Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas breakfast, Christmas dinner – and then there are all the church fellowships and family get-togethers. I spend most of November and December either in the grocery store or in my kitchen.

But, that’s ok! Food Lion is making things easier on all of us this year! Right now, you can head to their Coupon Hub and download lots of coupons for lots of goodies you’ll need to stock up on this holiday season. You have the choice to download the coupons right to your MVP card, or you can print them at home.

To make the holidays even easier on you, Food Lion is allowing me to give TWO $50 Food Lion Gift Cards away to my readers! That can make a huge dent in your holiday grocery shopping.

Here’s how to enter:

You *must* visit the Food Lion Coupon Hub and download one coupon. Then, tweet and let us know which coupon you downloaded. Your tweet *must* contain the hashtag #CouponHub in order to count. After that, just leave a link to your tweet in the rafflecopter gadget below. You can do this once a day for more entries in the giveaway, and you can also do the rest of the rafflecopter options for as few or as many entries in the giveaway as you’d like.

Ready? Set? ENTER!

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#Sponsored: #SeeMuchMore – Keeping Your Family Healthy with a VSP Vision Care Plan #Giveaway

Disclaimer: I will receive a pair of sunglesses in return for my post. Opinions expressed are 100% my own. Information provided by VSP.

VSP logoEye exams are important for everyone in your family – from babies to adults, and everyone in between.

Did you know that annual eye exams are important to your overall health? They allow eye doctors to detect early signs of chronic health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, among others.

The kids have been back to school for awhile now, but we can’t forget that getting them an annual comprehensive eye exam can help them learn and experience life to the fullest. Have you made their yearly eye exam yet?

It is important that parents should take their children to the eye doctor for a comprehensive eye exam starting as young as six months old, then again at three years old, before kindergarten and every year after that. Because 80 percent of what we learn is through our eyes, an eye exam is essential for your back-to-school “to do” list.

In-school screenings do not provide the same level of detection as comprehensive eye exams. Even the screening the doctors office does at their yearly well care visit isn’t enough to get your child through another year.

Do you know the common signs of vision problems? The can include squinting, head tilting, avoiding “close work,” trouble focusing, continuous rubbing of eyes and headaches.

1 in 4 children has an undetected vision condition that can negatively impact learning. Don’t let your child become another statistic!

But, eye exams, glasses, and contacts can be expensive.

That’s why I want to share with you the benefits of enrolling in vision insurance. With VSP Vision Care, you can:

  • Keep your eyes healthy with highly credentialed doctors who provide the most thorough exams
  • Save money – the average VSP member saves approximately $320 each year with vision insurance!
  • Get access to great eyewear – more than two dozen brands and hundreds of styles to choose from!
  • Enable your family to experience life to the fullest

Please take a moment and check out the following resources:

Our eyes should be one of our top priorities. Please take a few moments to educate yourself on the facts, and learn more about enrolling in a vision insurance program today.

Want to win a pair of Designer Sunglasses worth over $100? Enter using the Rafflecopter gadget below.

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#Sponsored: #TGIBTS with @FruitoftheLoom #Walmart #Giveaway

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Fruit of the Loom. They provided me with a $75 Walmart Gift Card to help with my Back to School Shopping, and will also provide a gift card to one randomly chosen winner. Opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own, and have not been influenced in any way.


Thank Goodness it’s BACK TO SCHOOL!

If you’re like me, you are ready to send your kids back to school. Of course, my kids started really, really early this year, (August FIRST!), so I wasn’t quite as ready as I thought I would be. I had 5 that are in school this year, so that meant purchasing enough supplies to make lots (and lots!) of teachers happy.

fruit of the loomSending 5 kids back to school has its ups and downs. My oldest is starting her Junior year of high school this year, and I’ve also got one in the middle school, (6th grade), one in the elementary school, (4th grade), and two in the primary school (2nd grade and kindergarten). My kindergartener has been SO excited all summer long that he has asked every single day, “How many more days until school starts?” Now that we’re over 2 weeks into the school year, he still comes home every single day beaming and anxious to tell me all about everything he did that day. I wish all my kids were as eager and excited as he is about school things!

This year for our back to school shopping, I opted not to take all of the kids shopping with me. Last year was exhausting and stressful. And, this year, since I’m pregnant and ready to pop, I just couldn’t handle the thought of all 7 kids in Walmart picking out school supplies. 🙂 So, this year, I just took the two oldest girls. They are my shoppers, and I knew that the three of us could get everything we need and be done in record time.

Aside from the normal school supplies like paper, pencils, markers, and the like, the kids also desperately needed other items that help them feel confident and powerful… things like new socks and underwear! With 7 kids, I need a good value, and I need to feel like I’m getting my money’s worth. That’s why I love the deals I score with the Fruit of the Loom bonus packs.

bonus packsThe Fruit of the Loom bonus packs offer 3 extra items in each package, and they are available in boys and girls sizes, as well as mens and womens sizes for the teens, (like my daughter), who have outgrown the children’s sizes. The best part? All of the bonus packs are available at your local Walmart.

One thing I love is that Walmart makes it SO easy to find the bonus packs. Yes, of course you can find the bonus packs in the aisles with all of the other socks and underwear. But, you can also find some displays set up throughout the store to make it easier to find exactly what you’re looking for. I love when I can instantly find exactly what I want without walking all over the store. And when those items are on rollback, or even cheaper than I expected, it makes my entire trip even better.

Thank you, Fruit of the Loom, for making our Back to School shopping a pleasure again this year! My kids are thrilled with all of their new underwear, socks, and all of the school supplies they were able to get again this year – thanks to you!

To my readers, I hope that you’ll take a moment to connect with Fruit of the Loom in the following ways:

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#Sponsored: It’s a #TelefloraGiveaway to Celebrate a Birthday or Anniversary

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Some of you may, or may not know, that this coming Thursday, July 3rd, is my birthday. I’ll officially be old. :/ But, what better way to celebrate (and make me feel better!) than with a beautiful bouquet of birthday flowers from Teleflora?!

I’ve been browsing the Teleflora website, and they really have some of the prettiest birthday themed floral arrangements I have ever seen. I would be thrilled if my hubby surprised me with any of these gorgeous arrangements:

Can you tell that I love daisies and sunflowers? 🙂 I can’t get over how many beautiful options there are to celebrate the birthday of someone you love.

If hubby doesn’t get me flowers for my birthday, there’s always our anniversary! This September, he and I will celebrate 12 years of wedded bliss. And since I will be 39 weeks pregnant by the time our anniversary rolls around, I won’t feel like doing much of anything. That’s why flowers would make the perfect gift!

Here are some of my favorite anniversary flowers available from Teleflora:

Are you sensing a theme? I have always loved Sapphires, but with our anniversary being in September, I’ve come to love it even more. And that middle arrangement is just too unique and too beautiful not to share!

What birthdays and/or anniversaries do you have coming up this summer that you want to celebrate? Is there a Teleflora bouquet that jumps out as a “must give” gift to the one you love? Want to start shopping right now and save 20%? Enter code JULYUC at check out or click this link to start shopping with the code already applied: 20% off flowers. (Coupon code is valid until 10/16/14.)

I also want to encourage you to get to get to know Teleflora by following their social media accounts:

This Summer, Teleflora wants to make an event extra special for one lucky Blessed Beyond Words reader. You can win a $75 Teleflora Gift Card and spoil someone you love  – or yourself! – for a birthday, anniversary, or other special event. Giveaway will end on August 1st at 12:00am. Please use the Rafflecopter gadget below to enter.

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Winner will be emailed on August 1st with their own unique one-time-use code for $75 to use on Teleflora.com. (The service fee is waived for your purchase.) If you want to spend more than $75, just pay any cost that goes over your $75 gift code on your order.

#Sponsored: Win a Family Vacation Package & #StayCool with Old Orchard

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There is a giveaway included in this post for FREE Old Orchard products. Be sure to read to the very end!!

It’s officially summertime. And in summertime, there’s one drink that I think of most: a cool, refreshing glass of Lemonade. I absolutely love lemonade, and it goes great with any meal or any summertime activity.

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For this review, Old Orchard sent me samples of two of their new Naturally Sweetened lemonade flavors: Country Style Lemonade and Strawberry Lemonade. I will admit, I was skeptical. I love lemonade, but it has to be homemade lemonade. My mother in law makes the absolute best lemonade I’ve ever had. It tastes like it came from a county fair.

Imagine when my surprise when I took a big gulp of the Country Style Lemonade and it tasted just like my mother in law’s lemonade! I didn’t think it was possible! But, now I’ve got a new obsession. I can’t get enough of this lemonade, and I have it with every meal. 🙂 I also tried the Strawberry lemonade, and it was good, I’m just not a fan of any other flavors in my lemonade. I just want tart, make your mouth pucker lemons. My husband, however, is a huge fan of the Strawberry lemonade, and he’s come home from work with a bottle of it every night this week so far. (The joys of working at a grocery store, I guess. You have access to all the good stuff the entire time you’re there!)

We’ve found a new staple for our fridge, and I can guarantee we’ll be stocked full of Old Orchard Lemonade this summer!

#StayCool Summer Video Contest

I also want to make sure you’ve heard about the #StayCool Summer Video Contest Old Orchard is hosting. Old Orchard wants YOUR videos that capture the essence of “staying cool.” In return, you could win prizes that range from free Old Orchard Brands fruit juice to a chance to win one of two summer getaway vacation packages valued at $2,500 each.

strawberry lemonadeNow through July 31st, you can find the contest at OldOrchard.com/staycool.

To enter the #StayCool Summer contest, all you have to do is upload a short video (30 seconds or less) on the contest website or on Facebook at facebook.com/OldOrchard that demonstrates how YOU stay “cool” during the summer. It could be how you cool off, how you keep in style. Get creative! You can only upload one video per day, but you can submit new videos every day for more chances to win. You can also upload your videos directly from your handset device, so you don’t have to worry about any third party video hosting. To put it simply, point, shoot, and upload your cool summer moment for a chance to win BIG!

One Grand Prize winner will be selected by popular vote, and the other by a panel of Old Orchard Brands judges. Each grand prize winner will receive a $2,500 summer vacation getaway. The top 25 most popular entries (by vote) will receive a summer prize kit including free Old Orchard juice.

So, what are you waiting for? Head on over and enter today!

Also, be sure to connect with Old Orchard in the following ways:

Enter Here to win FREE coupons from Old Orchard

But, wait – before you go, leave me a comment and tell me which flavor of Old Orchard Lemonade you want to try first. (Country Style or Strawberry.) By doing so, you’ll be entered to win a coupon to try out the new Old Orchard Lemonade flavors. (You may leave one comment per day from now until the end of the contest.)

At the end of the giveaway, I’ll select 5 lucky winners and send them each a full value coupon!

Giveaway will end July 18th @ 12:01am, and this post will be edited to include the winners.

*One comment per reader per day. Winners can receive more than one coupon if their comment numbers are selected. US entrants only, please.

And the winners are….


#6 – Janice F.
#4 – Rebecca P.
#9 – Candie L.
#2 – Cheryl F.
#1 – Natalie V.

#Sponsored: Feeling Stressed? At Least Now You Can Still Smell Great! #Giveaway

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Have you ever been so stressed out that you start to sweat? Sigh. Welcome to almost every day of my life. Especially lately. With everything going on with Gage and figuring out how to pay all the bills with all the medical bills on top of them, AND being pregnant… let’s just say, I am stressed out.

And nothing smells worse than stress sweat.

That’s why I need an antiperspirant and deodorant that can keep up with my crazy life.

Now, I’m singing the praises of Secret Clinical Strength Ooh-La-La Lavender Invisible Solid Antiperspirant/Deodorant. Not only does it smell great, but it lasts all day and provides protection even in the most stressful situations. I love that I can put it on in the morning and that’s it! No more worrying about how I’m going to smell by dinner time. I can chase the kids all day, and even survive a trip to Walmart with the youngest three in tow and not have to stress about if my stress sweat is leaving a stinky trail behind me.

Secret Clinical Strength is moisture activated and created with odor-neutralizing ingredients that release a fresh, clean scent. It’s also proven to give you 4 times the protection against stinky stress sweat! Secret Clinical Strength is now available in 2 new forms: Clear Gel and Invisible Solid, and it also comes in fantastic new scents like Ooh-La-La Lavender. Want to learn more? Visit www.nostresssweat.com for the full scoop and to learn more about the different forms available and all the different scents you can try.

Secret Clinical Strength Antiperspirant/Deodorant is available at your local Walmart, but I ordered mine from Walmart.com and opted for the in-store pick up. Less than 10 minutes after I placed the order online, I got a text message letting me know that I could pick my order up in my local store. I can’t even drive to my local Walmart that fast! You can also purchase it from www.nostresssweat.com any time!

To introduce you to the new Secret Clinical Strength Antiperspirant/Deodorant, Secret is giving one of my readers a $25 Walmart Giftcard so they can run to their local store and stock up!

To enter, use the Rafflecopter Gadget below! (Giveaway ends 5/22 at 12:00am.)
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#Sponsored: Make Mom Feel Special with @Teleflora #Giveaway

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Upsy-DaisyMother’s Day is just around the corner, and it’s time to start looking for the perfect gift! Why not consider Teleflora flowers for Mother’s Day?

I don’t know about you, but when I get fresh cut flowers delivered to my door, I feel special! They smell great, look beautiful, and brighten up whatever room I happen to put them in.

Teleflora is offering up some of the most beautiful and unique Mother’s Day bouquets I have ever seen. And their prices are so incredibly reasonable! The Upsy-Daisy bouquet (which happens to be one of my favorites), starts at just $29.99! That is totally affordable, no matter what your budget is for Mom this year.

I am also loving all of the gorgeous vases they have available with their bouquets. I have to admit, those keepsake vases are my favorite part of the bouquets, just because I can reuse them over and over again.

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Also this year, you can send Mom a little something extra. Don’t just send her flowers, but include a Spa Finder Wellness 365 Gift Card! Let Mom get pampered, and show her what she’s really worth! (And you might just become her favorite child!) 🙂 Check out all of the beautiful bouquets available with a Spa Finder Gift Card by clicking here: Mother’s Day Spa/Bouquet Packages.

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Ready to start shopping? How about a 20% off coupon code? Enter code BLOGSGH at check out or click this link to start shopping with the code already applied: 20% off Mother’s Day flowers. (Coupon code is valid until 10/16/14.)

I also want to encourage you to get to get to know Teleflora by following their social media accounts:

Enchanted GardenTeleflora wants to make Mother’s Day special for one lucky Blessed Beyond Words reader. You can win a $75 Teleflora Gift Card and spoil Mom  – or yourself! – this Mother’s Day. Giveaway will end on May 7th at 12:00am. Please use the Rafflecopter gadget below to enter.

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#Sponsored: Mr. Clean Does it Again! #MrCleanMorePower @SheSpeaksUp #Giveaway

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As the mom of 7, my husband and I have to tackle some large messes in our home…. and in every room of our home! From the bathroom to the kitchen, and everywhere in between, we have to find products that can stand up to our crazy crew.

Recently, I was introduced to Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle, a liquid-gel concentrate multi-purpose cleaner. I was also sent a bucket and a sponge to see if I prefer using the cleaner from the bucket or directly on the sponge.

Before I show you some amazing before and after pictures, let me tell you what I love about Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle:

  • I love that it’s a liquid gel concentrate. With a texture more like a dish-soap, it’s great for tackling big or little messes anywhere I need to.
  • The special spout on the top of the bottle ensure you get the perfect amount of cleaning when pouring it into a bucket. One gallon of water + One squeeze of Liquid Muscle, and you’re good to go.
  • The scent (Meadows and Rain) is powered by Febreze and smells amazing! After thoroughly cleaning my kitchen with Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle, my entire house smelled fresh and clean. I love it!
  • It works fast, and it works well! I used the Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle on my microwave, my stovetop, my kitchen counters, and even my kitchen floor. In no time at all, my kitchen smelled so good and sparkled in the sunlight. There’s nothing I love more than a clean kitchen. Now I can’t wait to move on to the bathrooms and get them sparking just as much!

I have a pet peeve in my kitchen: the inside of my microwave MUST be clean at all times. My kids know that if they make a mess in the microwave, they have to clean it up. Well, with everything that’s been going on in our house lately, I’ve slacked in getting onto the kids about cleaning out their microwave messes. Guess what? The inside of the microwave was absolutely disgusting. So, I figured that would be the first job I would force Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle to tackle.

Take a look:

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It only took a few minutes to get from the top picture to the bottom picture. I was certainly impressed! Any cleaner that can work that good on such a tough mess is definitely the cleaner for me!

I would highly recommend Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle to anyone that asks. It works fast, it works well, and it leaves every room sparkling clean and smelling great!

You can find Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle at your local Walmart. Head on over and stock up today!

Also be sure to connect with Mr. Clean in the following ways:

Want to win a $25 Walmart Gift Card to stock up on Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle for yourself? Use the Rafflecopter Gadget below to enter.

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#Sponsored: Kirk Cameron’s Unstoppable {Movie #Review & #Giveaway}

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Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

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As a mom, I’m very particular about what movies my children can and cannot see. When I heard about Unstoppable coming to theaters awhile back, I hoped and prayed the movie would find it’s way into our little town. Unfortunately, the closest showing was several hours away from us, so we didn’t make it. That’s why I am so excited to have the opportunity to review the movie on DVD.

In the Christian life, there’s one question that can make – or break – your faith. That question? “Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?”

In Unstoppable, Kirk Cameron takes viewers on a visual journey to better understand that question, and he does so in a hope-filled, heart warming way.

The movie is inspired and centered around the death of Cameron’s close friend who passed away from cancer at the age of 15. Kirk takes us back to the beginning, literally back to Adam and Eve, to investigate the first acts of good and evil and how they affect our lives.

I’m not sure what I was expecting when I sat down to watch Unstoppable, but I was surprised by what I saw. Instead of just sitting down to watch a movie and switching my brain off, I got an hour of topics that opened the doors to long, Christ centered conversations with my children. There are no words to express how much I loved being able to talk openly, and at length, with my kids about what Christ did for us.

There was one scene in the movie that really, really got to me. Kirk had gone to some Hollywood big-wigs to discuss making a movie about Noah. As Kirk explained the history of Noah and the Ark to these execs, they laughed and came up with ways to change the “story.” It was so sad, and so heartbreaking. I couldn’t imagine not knowing the truth of Noah, or wanting to change the outcome of what happened. My heart immediately became heavy for those in the world that just don’t understand the truth our Bible holds.

Overall, I was very impressed with the movie. I loved that it opened the doors of conversation with my children. I loved that it made me think about what Christ did for us and deepened my faith a little more. I only wish there had been more use of Scripture in the movie. While the truths were in there, to me, I like to have Scriptural references so that I can dig a little more into my Bible. I did thoroughly enjoy the movie, though, and I think every family should have this DVD available in the home library.

To learn more about Unstoppable and Provident Films, please check out the following links:

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#Sponsored: @LibbysTable Makes the Big Game GREAT! #LibbysBigGame #Giveaway

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Disclaimer: I received a sample from Libby’s in order to facilitate my review. Opinions expressed are 100% my own. I have not been compensated for this post in any other way.


I am not a football fan… but I do love a good party! Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to host and attend some really fantastic Super Bowl parties. There’s nothing quite like gathering with family and friends, and watching the big game… or, if you’re like me, the commercials. 😉

This year, Libby’s wants to make your Super Bowl party even more super. With their fruits and vegetables, you can quickly and easily create affordable – and downright delicious – recipes and snacks like Black Bean and Bacon Veggie Bites and Peachy BBQ Pork Sliders. You’ll score big points with creations like those, and you might even be voted MVP.

Those aren’t the only two recipes you can create with Libby’s fruits and veggies. In fact, the possibilities are endless! If you’re like me, and need a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing in the kitchen, be sure to check out the dozens of recipes available on the Libby’s Recipes tab on their website and on their Game Day Goodies Pinterest board.

I also want to make sure you are aware that TODAY at 2pm ET, you can join in Libby’s twitter party just by using the hashtag #LibbysBigGame.

For this review, Libby’s sent me an assortment of fruits and veggies as well as a beautiful antler platter from Pottery Barn. First of all, I have to say that I love Libby’s fruits and vegetables. Their Fruit Cocktail is to die for, and my whole family absolutely loves the Organic Sweet Corn. Their veggies are often the best part of our family dinners, and I love that their website and social media accounts have given me so many ways to use their fruits and veggies in my Game Day recipe and snack plans.

Make sure you get in on all the game-winning ideas and recipes from Libby’s by connecting with them in the following ways:

Now, Libby’s wants to give one lucky Blessed Beyond Words reader a chance to win a beautiful Pottery Barn platter of their very own. Just use the Rafflecopter Gadget below and enter for your chance to win.

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Giveaway ends February 5 at 11:59pm ET.