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.

Ready for a fun giveaway?  How about a $25 Target gift card?  Just enter below and good luck!

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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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Ready for a giveaway?  Three readers will win a free product coupon for one Purex Liquid or Powder detergent up to $7.00 (expiration 12/31/16).  Just enter the giveaway below and good luck!

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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! 

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Mr. Sketch sampling through Crowdtap

Our Sampling

The kids and I received a fun package of Mr. Sketch scented markers through a recent Crowdtap sampling.  The variety of scents include watermelon (pink), cherry (red), orange (orange), banana (yellow), mint (green), fruit punch (light blue), blueberry (blue), grape (purple), cinnamon (brown) and licorice (black).  I loved giving these markers to the kids and seeing their creativity come to life.

Here you can see the scents.

Here you can see B working on a creation.

B's Minion

Posing with her new picture.

A went to work on a few pictures.

Making a Lava Queen

 Finished Lava Queen

 Finished Rainbow

 A posing with her creations.

 D loved the scents of Mr. Sketch Markers.

 D unleashing her creativity.

 D and her masterpiece.

 I couldn't believe E's creativity.  It's hard to remember she is only 4!

 Miss E's pictures

There are so many things I love about these markers!  The scents are fun and amazing.   My kids love the scents while they are creating masterpieces.  The colors are vibrant (as you can see from the pictures above) and long lasting.  They can be used to make 3 different widths for extra creativity and variety - you can create thin lines or broad lines.  And my favorite, they are washable!!  As a Mom of six kids I absolutely adore products that are fun and less mess.

Disclosure:  This post was sponsored by Mr. Sketch as part of a sampling activation for Crowdtap. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Love and Blessed

Have you heard of loved+blessed?  Unlike many subscription boxes, loved+blessed is about hope and encouragement rather than products - a cause box.  The value of these boxes is measured differently than many other companies.  Each month, they send a box of encouragement to the loved+blessed ladies with a different theme that they hope will brighten their month, help them get through the challenges of life and help them to pass encouragement along to someone else.  I know that I personally love receiving packages in the mail.  I think this is a fabulous way to really brighten someones day!

Each month the box of encouragement includes:
  • a MINI POSTER for your home or office
  • a repositionable REMINDER STICKER perfect for your mirror, laptop or tablet
  • a SCRIPTURE CARD sized to fit in your pocket or purse
  • a removable KEEPSAKE THEME CARD
  • a special GIFT OF ENCOURAGEMENT (could be jewelry, stationary, journal, home decor, and more!)

I was so blessed to receive my own loved+blessed box.  The theme of my box is BEAUTY!

The sticker inside explains the Beauty theme.

Box Goodies

My box contained a mini poster (Beauty does not require perfection), a reminder sticker (You are all together beautiful my darling; there is no flaw in you), a scripture card (1 Peter 3:3-4), a pink bracelet saying loved+blessed, an encouraging compact mirror, and a prayer journal to record answered prayers.

 mini poster

 compact mirror

reminder sticker

Scripture card

prayer journal

 prayer journal pages

I have to admit that I feel pretty far from beautiful these days.  I am about halfway through my pregnancy and I already feel humongous.  It was such a sweet thing to receive this box and be reminded that I am beautiful.  I love that it contained scripture and reminded me of my inner beauty as well.  I think my favorite thing in the box is my new encouraging compact mirror.  It is something I would probably never buy myself; yet, it is useful and fun!

Would you like the chance to win a year of encouragement?  Yep, that's 12 free boxes.  Enter the Year of Encouragement giveaway and good luck!  Winner will be emailed April 1st.

Join Now and/or check out loved+blessed monthly subscription options.  Also, check out their shop to see examples of previous boxes - so fun!

And you can check out more about and the latest news from loved+blessed on their social channels: instagram, pinterest, twitter, and facebook.

Disclosure: Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing me with my own loved+blessed box to facilitate my review.  All opinions are 100% my own.