Wednesday, August 24, 2016

GREATER, Dreams & Walmart Back To School Giveaway

Have you heard of the new movie coming out in theaters this Friday, August 26th called GREATER?  I was privileged to be able to see an advanced screening of the upcoming movie.  GREATER 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.

Check out the trailer below!

After watching the film, you cannot help but start dreaming yourself.  What are my goals and dreams for this year?  What about my kids?  As I have been preparing for our upcoming school year I have thought about this a lot.  Cummins Academy currently has a 7th grader, 5th grader, 4th grader, 2nd grader, Kindergartner, toddler and a newborn enrolled - that's a lot to keep up with! 

I think my biggest goal as we enter this upcoming school year is to achieve more than completing our curriculum and academics but to continue fostering a love of learning and to really enjoy this time I have to spend with and teach my children.  I have been preparing curriculum and I really look forward to tailoring the subjects to the needs of my children and adapting to how they respond.  One challenge with homeschooling is being able to say no to things that come up.  Like Brandon Burlsworth in the movie GREATER, we frequently have many choices of different things we can do.  All of these choices aren't necessarily bad things but they can deter you from your primary goal.  I need to make good decisions this year about activities that we are a part of - and keep focus throughout the year.  I want to say yes to the things that are really helpful!

One thing you will learn from Brandon is to never give up!

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Disclosure:  I received my own Walmart gift card and advanced screening of GREATER in exchange for this post.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Baby G is Here

It's A Boy!

Baby G is here! We went in for a c-section in the wee hours of the morning on August 3rd due to baby G being breech. However, 10 min before surgery the baby flipped so our c-section turned into an induction. We had a boy!! Grant Garrett Radley Cummins was 9lbs 3 oz and 21 inches long at birth, born at 6:06pm.

 The last picture of me before delivery.

 Instant love...

 All the kids

Our boys - C and F were super excited we had a boy!

 Snuggle Baby

 The Little Brother

 Grandma and G

I cannot believe Grant is over a week old, 9 days today!  It has been a crazy time.  After we came home from the hospital G's bili level was a bit high so we had to use a biliblanket at home, which made him look like a glowworm.  Thankfully less than 24 hours after using the special blanket his levels were down and all was good again.

 Getting comfy with the biliblanket

 Glowworm G

Monday, July 25, 2016

Inspirational People & $25 Target Giveaway

Inspirational People - they are all around me.  I have found them in history books, in current day events, in my own family, within my circle of friends, my neighbors, my church body, my homeschool community - so many.  A little over 12 weeks ago, the girls were in their accident and I am not going to lie, it has been hard.  Yet, I am so blessed to have so many truly positive and inspirational people in my life.  I can only hope that I shine some of that back.

Have you heard of the heartwarming hit series BORN THIS WAY on A&E Network?  I actually just found out about it a few weeks ago when I was fumbling around on the A&E app on my Ipad because most nights I have trouble sleeping (contractions and all).  I have watched a few episodes of Season 1.  I love that while the cast shares the fact that they were all born with Down Syndrome, they all do not want that to define who they are or what they can accomplish.  Season 2 premieres next Tuesday, July 26th (which also happens to be my Dad's birthday - Happy early birthday Dad). 

BORN THIS WAY chronicles the lives a a group of young adults born with Down syndrome as they pursue their passions while defying society's expectations.  The show also follows the journey of their parents as well.  I really enjoy the snippets from the parents throughout the show.

Check out this fun clip that shares the heart and depth of this series which introduces you to Rachel, one of the cast members.  And please watch the trailer below for more information.

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Disclosure:  I received my own Target gift card in exchange for this post.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Happy 9th Birthday C!

We picked up a Cookie Cake from the mall.

Sunday, C turned 9!  This past month has definitely been the craziest I have ever experienced with the older girls injuries but I was so thankful that all of us could be together for C's birthday.  I hadn't seen E or F in 23 days so it was super sweet to see them again (my sister and brother-in-law took awesome care of them).  We had originally planned to have a baseball themed party for C last Saturday but we ended up having a quiet celebration at home with all of us and family that was visiting from out of town.

 C after blowing out his candles.

C's end of the year baseball team party just happened to be the afternoon of his birthday so that was pretty awesome - they all sang to him and were super sweet.  We may have a bigger party for him in June but honestly we will just see how everything goes.  A's schedule is about to get pretty full with procedures, doctor and therapy appointments so until we get a consistent schedule down it still seems like we are living in a crazy land.  I have a new appreciation for how healthy my kids have been.  I have always been a big believer in community and I have to say that our community could not be more supportive.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Burn Recovery

Hello friends.  My family has had a medical crisis.

Two weeks ago today, my oldest daughters A and B were severely burned in a homeschool co-op class.  Thankfully, both are recovering. B is bandaged and doing very well at home; A's wounds are much more extensive and I am still with her in the hospital.

Our family, church, and friends have been amazing.  Honestly, even people we don't know have been amazing.  I so appreciate all the love and support.

I've had lots of ups and downs in two weeks as you can imagine.  Some days are better than others - physically, emotionally and spiritually.  Burns are awful.  It is not fun being here.  Still, God is gracious and I know He has sustained us for a purpose. I truly cannot believe that it has already been two weeks.  I am so proud of my girls and the strength and character that they are showing in an extremely hard and challenging situation.

I don't know when we will be going home.  The surgeons says the treatment plan is dynamic so we just take one step at a time.

This picture is the first time A was able to get out of the hospital bed into a wheelchair - baby steps!

Monday, April 25, 2016

New Purex plus Clorox 2 Detergent Review & Giveaway

Have you heard of the new Purex plus Clorox 2 detergent?  It combines the bright clean of Purex with an extra powerful boost of Clorox 2 stain fighters.

Purex plus Clorox 2 detergent contains 3 stain-fighting enzymes to remove 100 stains including chocolate, tomato sauce, grass, blood, ice cream and BBQ sauce just to name a few.  It is safe for colors, and bleach free.  It also comes in two fragrances - Original Fresh and Sunny Linen.

As a mom of six young children and owner of both a dog and a cat, I see my fair share of stains in our home and on our clothes.  Stains that I tend to see on a regular basis include sweat stains, grass stains, dirt/mud stains, spaghetti night stains, artwork (paint, colors, etc.), and grease (when David works on the car).

 C at bat

 C in his baseball uniform.

With all the rain paired with the fact that it is baseball season, I tend to be tackling grass, dirt, and/or mud every few days with C's uniform.  In the next week he has one practice and 4 games scheduled - that can be a lot of washing.  C's team motto is have fun, play hard and get dirty!

 My Purex plus Clorox 2 detergent in Sunny Linen fragrance.

Thankfully, Purex plus Clorox 2 detergent doesn't let me down when it comes to these stains.

Here you can see one side of C's baseball pants after a game with some mud/dirt stains and a grass stain along the bottom.

 And here are his pants after being cleaned with Purex plus Clorox 2 detergent.

Other side

Stains that I tend to see on occasion but not regularly include sicknesses (vomiting) and even accidents (bed wetting and/or feline accidents as our cat ages).  Last week C was diagnosed with an ear infection and he couldn't seem to keep anything down.  E went to bed one night forgetting to put on her pull-up and woke up to a wet bed.  Molly, our cat, found a blanket on the floor and decided not to walk to the litter box.  Yes, thankfully these scenarios aren't common around here but I think many people can relate to one or all of them. 

I will spare you photos of laundry with vomit and accidents on them but I will tell you that Purex plus Clorox 2 detergent worked in these tough situations as well.  Not only did our laundry, blankets and bedding come out clean but they were smelling fresh - which in these situations sometimes is tricky.  What are your toughest stains that you deal with on a regular basis?

Here is a stain fighting tip for the week:  pre-treat tough stains by rubbing some Purex plus Clorox 2 detergent into the fabric and letting it sit for 5 minutes before washing.

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Disclosure:  The Purex brand provided me with a sample of Purex plus Clorox 2 detergent in exchange for a product review.  However all the opinions expressed here are my own.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

It's Not too Late - Robots-4-U Camps

I wanted to share with you again about Robots-4-U Summer Camps.  It's not too late!  MY READERS RECEIVE 55% Off Robotics Science Summer Camps! Code: USFAUS13

Campers having a BLAST, while learning and playing in a dynamic environment. Learning about Robotics and Science, in an independent and exciting way!  Visit to see dates and locations for these day camps.

- Robot / Science / Engineering / Day Camp / Challenges

- Camps Girls and Boys - Aged 7 to 14

- Robot Camps and Dynamic Art Camps offered during June, July and August

- Hands on Learning, Self-Paced. Beginners to Expert!

- 1 week (5 days) long

- Days: Monday to Friday Times: 9:00-11:30a.m. and 12:30-3:00 p.m.

- CAMPERS RATIO: 1 Instructor to 16 participants
-Register early as camps do fill up quickly!

- Each Camper Individually uses a ROBOTICS or DYNAMIC ART Kit. Robot kits do not go home with campers but are available for purchase!

If you are looking for something fun for your kids to do over the summer, you need to check out these camps!