Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A Dog's Purpose

A few weeks ago David took A, B, and C to see Rogue One.  Later that afternoon I took D and E to see Storks at the discounted theater near us.  I saw a movie preview that really intrigued me, A Dog's Purpose.  I remember thinking - well I don't believe in reincarnation but that looks really good.  I am a sucker for a good animal movie.  Then I was invited to attend an advanced screening for you guessed it, A Dog's Purpose.  What do you think?  Are you going to see it?  I'll come back and review it after I see it of course.  I know that our lives are enriched by our dog, Stevie.

Our dog, Stevie!

More about the movie:
Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog's Purpose, is a sweet and lovable family film that shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.  Told from the perspective of "everybody's best friend" the film highlights the importance of familial bonds, and the unconditional love we have for our best friends.  The movie stars Dennis Quaid, Britt Robertson, K.J. Apa, and John Ortiz.

I love that the film partnered with the non-profit Best Friends Animal Society.

Check out the trailer below.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

F's 3rd Birthday - Paw Patrol Theme

 Birthday Boy

F turned 3 last week and we celebrates on Saturday with a Paw Patrol themed party.  For those of you that know him, he absolutely LOVES Paw Patrol.  He knows all the pups by name and I love listening to him sing the theme song, it's so cute!

David made F a badge cake.

Here he is blowing out his candles.

 And afterwards, love that smile.

Food Spread

 Check out this awesome utensil caddy that I got from my in-laws for Christmas!

 A few of F's absolute favorites were included in the spread.

A decorated covered Oreos with paw prints.

 I love the activity table decorated by B.

I purchased a Paw Patrol themed coloring book.  B neatly tore out pages of the coloring book and matched up party favor figures (I found these at Dollar Tree) and party masks.  She also placed balloons on each chair.

 A closer view...

 E as Rubble

I think F had a swinging good time.

Thanks to everyone who helped make his day special!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

The Beginner's Bible Review & Giveaway

 D finished reading The Beginner's Bible!

I have a book to share with you today, The Beginner's Bible.  This Bible has been a part of our homeschooling curriculum for years as one of my children's reading books.  D just finished reading through it last month!  A, B, C and D have all read this Bible aloud to me - lots of precious memories indeed!  I love that it is easy-to-read so not only can it be part of our reading curriculum but it is easy for my toddlers to grasp and understand as well.  The chapters are short and the illustrations are fun and engaging.

 D reading to me while we are waiting for A to finish therapy.

 Another view of D reading

 I really enjoy the illustrations in this Bible as do my children.

When I asked D what she thought of this book she told me that she really liked it because it was a Bible, she enjoyed the pictures, and she loved the story of David and Goliath.  "Isn't it amazing that David was just a kid and did so much," said D - yes D it is!

Check out the trailer below.  And be sure to enter the giveaway.

More About the Bible
The Beginner’s Bible has been a favorite with young children and their parents since its release in 1989 with over 25 million products sold.  Now it’s redesigned with fresh new art that will excite children for many more years to come.  Full of faith and fun, The Beginner’s Bible is a wonderful gift for any child.  The easy-to-read text and bright, full-color illustrations on every page make it a perfect way to introduce young children to the stories and characters of the Bible.  With new vibrant three-dimensional art and compelling text, more than 90 Bible stories come to life.  Kids ages 6 and under will enjoy the fun illustrations of Noah helping the elephant onto the ark, Jonah praying inside the fish, and more, as they discover The Beginner's Bible just like millions of children before.  The Beginner's Bible was named the 2006 Retailers Choice Award winner in Children's Nonfiction.

Ready for a giveaway?  One of you will win your own copy of The Beginner's Bible!  Just enter below and good luck.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Merry Christmas Week

I bought the kids coordinating Christmas pajamas!

Merry, merry Christmas week!  I hope you had a fabulous Christmas.  I had such a good time with David and the kids.  It was so fun to celebrate and spend the day together.

Our socks Christmas Eve

We hung up our socks on Christmas Eve.  We went to visit David's grandma.  I loved watching the kids wish everyone a Merry Christmas.  Then we attended a candle light Christmas Eve service at our church.  David, A and I all got to be readers and that was really fun.  Then we drove around and looked at Christmas lights in our pajamas - a fun family tradition!

David, Grandma and the kids

 Great Grandma's Tree

The kids were so excited to see their socks Christmas morning!  And I am pretty sure we cannot fit anymore on this mantel.

 Filled Socks - what a difference!

A and B made our birthday cake for Jesus this year!

These are just a few highlights into our Christmas this year.  Hope you had a great one!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

My new obsession - Canvases of my family


Remember my post on the deal from canvasonsale?  Today I received my order from  I ordered an 8x8 photo canvas of C and F in the pumpkin patch down the street and I ordered an 8x8 of the kids in their Star Wars costumes sans Baby G (he was napping in the stroller).  I am so excited!  The canvases look great, the shipping was lightning fast and I have two more personalized items of the kids in our home - love, love!

 Here is the one of the kids with the force!

I love how sweet this one is of C and his little bro F.

My experience with was nothing but great.  Their site is super user friendly and the canvases are great.  I highly recommend.

Disclosure:  Thanks so much to USFamilyGuide and for allowing me to participate in this campaign.  I received $100 voucher to as part of this campaign.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Baby G Dreams

Olympic Dreams start young

Check out this super fun bib that Baby G's aunt sent him.  He was so smiley when I put it on him.  I showed him the packaging of the baby sticking out their tongue and Baby G immediately started doing impressions - love it!


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Christmas Memories & DVD Giveaway

Well, it's the most wonderful time of the year!  I love the Christmas season.  I know it can be difficult with long lines at stores and more traffic on the road but this time of year truly seems magical.  Our family has been partaking in two different advents this year.  We have been following the Jesus Storybook Bible advent printables for our reading time and then the kids take turns opening their Tsum Tsum advent calendar which contains fun Tsum Tsum surprises every day.  I love taking time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas and the birth of our Savior.

 Jesus Storybook Bible reading for today

 Our Tsum Tsum Advent Calendar

I am excited to tell you about two inspirational films that were released on DVD today, December 20th!  The first one is Hillsong - Let Hope Rise which was a huge hit when it came out in theaters this past September.  This DVD would make a great gift to continue the worship experience with everyone this holiday season.  And the second is GREATER which is an inspirational movie based on the life of Brandon Burlsworth.  It follows his dream of playing football for the Arkansas Razorbacks.  Nothing about football came easy to Brandon, except his desire to play the game.  He was uncoordinated, ridiculed and written off by many coaches and teammates; yet, he continued to work harder than anyone.  Eventually his determination paid off and he was given the opportunity to walk-on and play football for the Razorbacks - becoming a great.  You can read more about GREATER here.  Both of these films highlight how God can enable ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

Watch more about Hillsong - Let Hope Rise and Greater below.

Ready for a giveaway?  One of you will win both DVDs!!  How awesome is that?  Just enter the form below and good luck.

One of you will win these!

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Disclosure:  I received my own copies of GREATER and Hillsong - Let Hope Rise in exchange for this post.  All opinions expressed are my own.