Saturday, August 12, 2017

Our Time with Stretch

D getting Stretch

D has been participating in gymnastics for awhile, she loves the sport.  In January she joined her gym's Showteam and she enjoys every minute of it.  She spends 8 hours a week learning and training.  Last week the girls performed in their gym's Showcase and it was so fun to see how much they have all grown and improved in their skill levels.  The team has a mascot.  It's a giant giraffe.  Most weeks the coaches choose a team member who has done really well for the week to take the giraffe home and hang out with until the following week.  D was chosen last week to take the mascot home.  She was so excited!  Especially since Baby G had his giraffe themed birthday party the next day - how perfect.  D wants to name the giraffe Stretch so that is what we call her, at least our family.

Stretch wearing pajamas.

Stretch dressed up for church.

D and Stretch on the slide

Coming down

Fun at the park

Stretch on the zip-line

Hanging at the park

Hanging at home

At Baby G's giraffe party!

Walking around the neighborhood

 D and Stretch at Showcase

 Stretch with Showteam

Friday, August 11, 2017

Super Hero Kids Giveaway with David C Cook


Now is your chance to have DC and Marvel illustrator Sergio Cariello make your child's dream come true!


David C Cook is proud to introduce the newest book in the Action Bible collection: The Action Storybook Bible (coming October 2017). Pre-order The Action Storybook Bible from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or to reserve your copy today. Plus click the graphic below to enter to have a chance to win an illustration of your child as a super hero by Action Bible artist Sergio Cariello (who has also illustrated comics for DC and Marvel!).

The giveaway is open until September 11, 2017, 5:00pm MST. Your entry must be received by then to be eligible. Five winners will be chosen at random from eligible entrants.


Families see the Bible in motion and put their faith into action! The Action Storybook Bible invites families with young children to explore God's redemptive story together. An entry point into the world of The Action Bible, it tells of the amazing creation story, powerful kings who reigned over ancient Israel, God's miraculous gift of eternal life through Jesus, and more! God's promise for the world is displayed throughout every page. Discover your family's place in God's incredible story and together put your faith into action! Interactive features include:
  • Fifteen key episodes from God's Word-each one loaded with several stories along with over 350 brand-new illustrations throughout.
  • Short and easy readings-for children ages eight and under with rich, colorful images.
  • Life, Faith, Action! features-conclude every episode and invite families to talk about how God moves in the stories, how to see God in life today, how to put faith into action, and how to easily talk to God with a suggested prayer.
  • Hall of Fame visual index-the place to look up favorite Bible characters by discovering their icon connections and finding them in the stories.
Learn more and purchase a copy here.

ALL SAINTS Movie Trailer & Fandango Giveaway

I have a fun upcoming movie to tell you about, ALL SAINTS, which opens in theaters on my anniversary, August 25th!  ALL SAINTS is a Sony Pictures film that has a run time of 1 hour and 48 minutes and is rated PG, recommended for children ages 10 and older.  ALL SAINTS is based on the inspiring true story of Michael Spurlock, a salesman turned pastor.  He was ordered to close down a tiny church when he partnered with a group of refugees from Southeast Asia to plant seeds (literally) for the future generations.  I'm really looking forward to seeing this movie.  It's inspiring to see a diverse community come together and fulfill the purpose that God had for them and to see Michael open his ears and his heart to what God was showing him, a different path than what he presumed.  

Check out the trailer below, a behind the scenes clip (The heart of the movie) and be sure to enter my giveaway.  You can visit the official website for the absolute latest on this film.

Ready for a giveaway?  One of you will win 2 Fandango ticket codes!  Just enter below and good luck.  Fandango codes are only good in U.S. theaters.

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Disclosure:  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 2 Fandango gift codes myself in exchange for this review and post.  I was also able to view the movie trailers and behind the scenes clips as well.  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 on the same blog, 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.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Baby G's Giraffe Party

Baby G had his giraffe themed birthday party yesterday and it was so much fun to celebrate his 1st year of life and see him enjoy his 1st bite of cake.  Hope you enjoy it too.

The Food Table: fruit tray, veggie tray, chips, guacamole, salsa, animal crackers, puffy 
Cheetos, cheese sticks, M&Ms and banana pudding

Rainbow fruit tray

A whipped up this giraffe themed banana pudding for the party and it was a hit.

The girls and I decorated around the house and on the cups and bowls with these adorable little giraffes.

Baby G enjoying guacamole.

Mommy Giraffe

D with her Showteam's mascot giraffe (I hope her name ends up being Stretch).  She won the honor of bringing her home this week which was perfect since we already had a giraffe themed party planned.

Baby G's Giraffe Cakes

Baby G's Giraffe Cake

About to sing...

Singing to Baby G

I may have helped him blow out his candle.

Baby G's Smash Cake

 Getting his cake

Touching the cake

Not sure about the cake

Tasting the cake!


Friday, August 4, 2017

RXBAR Kids Sampling with Crowdtap

My sampling kit

The kids and I were picked to sample RXBAR Kids through Crowdtap.  I am super excited about this because as I have started on my clean eating journey I have found that it can be hard to find healthier, cleaner snack for the kids to eat - especially when on the go.  RXBAR Kids have 7 grams of protein and do not contain gluten, dairy, soy or added sugar - basically No Bad Stuff.  My kids tried the Chocolate Chip, Apple Cinnamon Raisin, and Berry Blast.

What the bars look like.

 B trying the Apple Cinnamon Raisin

 D trying chocolate chip

 And C trying Berry Blast

The kids enjoyed RXBAR Kids Apple Cinnamon Raisin the best out of the three flavors, followed by Chocolate Chip and then Berry Blast.  I am encouraged that my children are paying attention to my new eating habits and that they are willing to try new, healthier things.

 RX BARS at our local Target

Baby G and I picking up a few boxes of RXBARs from Target.

Disclosure:  This post was sponsored by RXBAR Kids as part of a sampling opportunity through Crowdtap. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Happy Birthday Baby G

Happy 1st Birthday Son

My baby is officially 1 today!  One year ago today I was preparing to have my first ever C-section because Baby G was breech and literally 10 minutes before I was being rolled into the OR my doctor double checked and the baby had turned!  My C-section turned into an induction which turned into the best labor I have ever had and then my whopping 9lb 3 oz baby boy was here!  The rest is history.

Waiting for A at Youth Group and hanging with Mommy.

I love his smile.

Fun facts about our boy.  Baby G hates baths - he actually despises them.  Although, ever since we got back from the beach in June (and he had to have a bath every day) he has done much better with them so I am hopeful that things have changed.  He has 6 choppers and has had them for awhile.  He got teeth the earliest of all our kids.  He started walking just a few weeks ago at 11 months.  He loves music - his absolute favorite song in the entire world is It Is Well by Kristene DiMarco & Bethel Music.  I think he has heard this song a million times.  It always seems to calm him.  He has good taste in music.

 Big Boy

We plan on celebrating tonight as a family at IHOP for dinner and then by having his giraffe themed birthday party over the weekend.  Happy Birthday Baby G, we love you!!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Clean Eating July 2017

After 1 Month of Clean Eating

I had such a fabulous time on our family beach trip in June but if I am totally honest with you I have been struggling with my weight.  Thankfully, I did not let that stop me from having fun with my kids and family.  I enjoyed splashing at the beach with my kids, building a few sand creatures and a few games of beach volleyball.  I realize that I miss being more active.  When I got home I decided that I needed a kick in the pants to restart my journey of becoming a better me.  So, for the last month David and I have been eating clean.  Thankfully my husband is super supportive and joined me on my quest.  What does clean eating mean you may be asking yourself?  Well, it basically means that we are eating whole foods and unprocessed foods.  In the last month we have consumed a variety of fruits and vegetables.  We have had apples, arugula, asparagus, avocados, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, clementines, collard greens, cucumbers, fennel, garlic, grapefruit, green beans, kale, lemons, limes, mangos, onions, pears, peas, peppers, radishes, romaine, scallions, shallots, snap peas, spaghetti squash, spinach, strawberries, tomatoes, and zucchini to name a lot!  And let me tell you, the food is good.  Really it is not hard to eat at all.  The hard part for me is cooking it all!  Every day I make our breakfast, lunch, and dinner plus two snacks.  It turns out that I was eating way more convenient food than I had realized - I think most people do.  You need to know that I do have the occasional cheat - like when I ate Chick-fil-A chicken minis for breakfast on Cow Appreciation Day!  Now, for my results.  After 1 month of eating clean I have lost 15 pounds and 7 inches in my waist!  Honestly, I find this pretty astounding.  I still have quite a bit to go on my quest of becoming a better me but I feel like I am well on my way to being healthier.  I have also been amazed at how much more energy I have.  I guess when I eat processed food it makes me feel more fatigued and less satisfied - that's just my experience.  It is never too late to join me and start your own quest.  BE ENCOURAGED!  I plan on giving another update next month.  Enjoy the photos below of some of the meals David and I have been enjoying.

What my meals looked like Day 1 of clean eating.

My Day 2 of clean eating.

I made collages of my first two days of clean eating so that you have an idea of what I ate.  I also have to give a shout out to BuzzFeed as I used many of their clean eating recipes from the last few years.  They are delicious, and the recipes are easy to follow.  The food and recipes are not hard to make but it can be challenging or hard for me to find the time to make them.

 Poached eggs on asparagus - it's really good.

 David is not a huge fan of cauliflower but he really enjoys cauliflower rice.

 This chili with zucchini ribbons has become one of our favorites.

 Tilapia on green beans and lentils

 Turkey Burger

 Lettuce Wraps

 Quinoa with fennel, blueberries and pistachios

 Zucchini ribbons with quinoa and chopped almonds

 Hard boiled egg and radish salad

 Salmon salad with oranges

 Salsa verde chicken and roasted veggies

 Shrimp lettuce cups

 Soft boiled eggs with potato soldiers and kale

 Spaghetti squash with ground turkey and tomatoes

 Spinach, pepper egg muffins with strawberries

Sweet potato and kale frittata

Okay, this post is making me hungry.  Here's to the next month of clean eating and a better me!