Monday, December 5, 2016

HICKIES - No Tie Elastic Shoelaces Review

Have you heard of HICKIES?  HICKIES are no tie elastic shoelaces.  With HICKIES you can turn any pair of shoes into custom-fit slip-ons. 

 I was sent two packages of HICKIES for review.

 HICKIES - no tie elastic shoelaces

This product has been so awesome for me!  I have been slipping my tennis shoes on for over a year now, since the beginning of my pregnancy with Baby G.  I never untied my shoes and would just slip them on and off but what that did over time is it made my shows have a poor fit and they didn't feel good on my feet.

 Here you can see what my shoes look like after slipping them on and off with traditional shoelaces.

HICKIES eliminates this problem.  They allow me the same slip-on convenience but with a great custom-fit. 

 Much better, my shoes feel snug again.

In fact, I have been enjoying them so much A started to use them on her tennis shoes.  After breaking her left wrist in October (radius and ulna), she is out of a cast but still in a splint.  Her HICKIES have definitely helped her get her shoes on and off easily and she doesn't have to worry about the laces being tied.

 A with her HICKIES.

HICKIES are great for adults and kids (one size fits all) and they come in a wide range of colors.  Not only are they fun but extremely functional - my kind of product.  If you are looking for a great, unique stocking stuffer these are it.

  Oh, and they are super easy to install.

Just thread HICKIES through your shoe, hook them over the oval button and tuck in the extra length and you're done.

I wish I had done this a long time ago!

Disclosure:  Thanks so much to USFamilyGuide and HICKIES for allowing me to participate in this campaign.  I received 2 packs of HICKIES for review as part of this campaign.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Bible Journaling Kit Review & Giveaway

Bible Journaling Kit by Ellie Claire

I have a fun product to tell you about, a Bible Journaling Kit by Ellie Claire.  This kit is super fun as it contains 4 sheets of word stickers, 4 sheets of alphabet stickers, 24 tab stickers, 8 colored pencil twists, 1 journaling pen, 1 pouch with adjustable strap, and 1 ruled page protector mat with tracing lines.

 Out of the box...

This kits is a fabulous tool for creating a work of art on the pages of your favorite Bible.  You can draw, color, or journal your thoughts, dreams, prayers.  Highlight your favorite verses or the encouragements that speak to your heart.  B and I have had so much fun using this kit.  I have only used it at home but B has used it at home and on the go. 

 B Bible journaling during swim lessons for some of the other kids.

We like using the pouch to hold all the stickers, colored pencils and pen.

 B's Bible

B's Bible

 B's Bible

B's Rainbow

B using stickers and writing her own words.
I made a page on Thessalonians 5:16-18 on praying without ceasing.  See my progression below. 

Blank page

 I used the colored pencils to make a heart.

 I chose the pray always sticker.

 Heart with sticker...

 I highlighted my work using the pen and wrote the verse around it.

 I used stickers to make the words Pray, Pray and Pray.

 Then I added my own words between the stickers.

 My finished page

My thoughts:  I really like the diversity of this set!  I haven't used the tab stickers yet but I could see them being really helpful.  I like the sticker options that are included and they are easily incorporated into different Bible pages.  The pencils twist easily.  I found them to be similar to using a crayon only easier to use in pencil form.  I really like the journaling pen.  It's easy to write with and really makes pictures pop when outlined.  The pouch is super cute and easily holds all the pencils and pen for journaling.  I think this is a great set, especially for someone getting started with journaling.

Ready for a giveaway?  Here is your chance to win your own Bible Journaling Kit by Ellie Claire.  Just enter below and good luck!  And btw, this would make a great gift!

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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 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.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Swim with Dolphins at SeaWorld San Antonio

Kissing Brady

Guess what?  I recently fulfilled a lifelong dream.  I was able to swim with a dolphin, so fun!  I was invited to take part in a Dolphin Interaction at Discovery Point in SeaWorld San Antonio.  After changing into a wetsuit and while accompanied by a trainer, a small group of us waded into the shallows of Dolphin Lagoon (at Discovery Point) and met Brady, a 17 year old bottle nose dolphin who couldn't have been sweeter.  There were several other dolphins there but I spent all my time with Brady.

 Taking a ride with Brady!

We were able to give him kisses, rubdowns, and even go for a short swim.  It was so fun to be so close to such a beautiful animal and learn about him. 

Learning some of the commands and having fun with Brady

Oh, and we got a little wet!

SeaWorld San Antonio has several interaction experiences available including the Dolphin Encounter, Beluga Encounter and the Sea Lion Encounter.  Interested in booking an Interaction at SeaWorld San Antonio?  Check out the link below for Blue Friday savings and make sure to come back on Thursday for even more savings.  These hands-on-experiences make great gifts as well.  Make someone happy and give an experience this holiday season.
SeaWorld's Blue Friday Sale Sneak Peek

Monday, November 21, 2016

FREE 12x8 Canvas Print at

I wanted to share an awesome deal with you!  I just got a free 12x8" canvas print and I am allowed to share this with you.  All you need to do is to click the website link, upload your favorite picture, choose 12x8" canvas and enter the voucher code from the website in the basket.  Keep it for yourself or present it to your loved ones.
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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Our Edible Periodic Table

Periodic Table made up of sugar cookies

I have been recovering well from surgery.  Last week I had my gall bladder removed due to gall stones - no fun at all.  David and I are so blessed that both of our mother's were able to come down for a visit and help out.  They were so helpful!  And of course, the kids have had a blast.  For the last two days David's Mom and the kids have been working on building an edible periodic table.  A, B, and C are all in a Chemistry/Physics class this year and they saw the idea in their Apologia textbook so we decided to go for it.

Ingredients for the sugar cookies

 3 lbs of soft butter

A, B and D were the main bakers.

Which also meant they got dibs on the beaters.

 D was excited.

We baked the cookies as a sheet and scored them into squares.


The recipe made 6 dozen.

 Working on frosting

F frosting cookies

 All the kids helped with frosting, while A and B did all the writing.

Adding the symbols to the cookies

 Starting the assembly

A and B working with Mumma on assembling the cookies.

 A and B with the finished periodic table.

 All of the kids that helped and G looking cute.

 Not bad - I think they did a great job.

 Baby G is in his "element" with F and D.

If you wanted an easier way to do this, you could use already made graham crackers (which are perfect squares) and a store bought container of icing.  You could essentially achieve the same effect in less time.  Just a thought.  Let me know what you think!