Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Unglued Devotional Review

The Unglued Devotional is companion devotional to the bestselling book Unglued provides encouragement to help readers handle emotional struggles. Including a daily opening Scripture, Thought for the Day, devotion, and closing prayer, this book helps readers begin a 60-day journey in learning to positively process raw emotions, such as fear, anger, and regret.My take....I am a huge Lysa Terkeurst fan, so my view of this book is based on past experiences reading Made to Crave and her website. I love Lysa's comfortable style of writing. She makes you feel like you are her best friend sitting at the coffee table in her home by sharing stories of her family life and her love of Christ. If you are looking for a small devotional that you can put into your bag, this one is for you! 60 Days of Imperfect Progress! Sounds like my life right now! 3 steps forward, 2 steps back!  If you have read the Unglued book or studied it with a group, this book may not be for you since it basically sticks to the same information. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the® <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Three Steps Forward, Two Steps Back-Adoption Adventures part one

Tom is just one of my first adoptees.
Do you ever feel like that? It seems like my life is always going three steps forward, two steps back! My husband and I decided to adopt another little girl and attended classes in April of last year. After 6+ months of classes, home visits and paper work, we were told that we were approved, but would need to wait until we got our letter. There were months of silence. I didn't know what was happening and assumed that God had closed that door. So in February, I accepted a position as director of my local Classical Conversations community. I got busy planning for the new school year, became a tutor trainer. I was focused! I had a vision for where I was going!

May comes, Classical Conversations is finished for the year, and summer is upon us. We get a letter...You are now official foster parents! Wait! What???? But God, I thought you closed that door? I moved on! I am happy where I am now! Yes, I still want a child, but I'm awful busy. After talking to Alan, he wants to go forward. We get a few phone calls, but learn quickly that when they need a place for children, they don't wait for a call back! We also had an issue with my cell phone number being wrong on their files.

In June, we get our first placement, a two year old little girl with blond hair and brown eyes. She was precious and a handful. I serious questions about whether I was young enough to have a two year old! She was a handful, mainly because she had no inhibitions and no fear! I know what you are thinking...What two year old does? While it is true that most two year old kids don't, children who come from homes of neglect and abuse have much deeper issues. My first job with any new child is to create a bond. When my little girl was born, she and I bonded by nursing, singing, holding, cuddles, and generally making myself the center of her world. While I can't nurse a foster child, I can feed them, sing to them, hold them, cuddle them, and make myself the center of their world. I did this! We bonded! She didn't even want me to leave her on visits with her family. She made herself part of the family within a month. She knew the routines. I kept thinking, "God, is this our child? Please let her be ours!" Sadly, she wasn't. She went to live with her daddy after 6 weeks. It broke my heart, but I was ready to start over with another child.

More adventures soon!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Purex Natural a vacation for your clothes

So it has been a while since my family has been on vacation. Last time, we went to Avery Island and learned how hot sauce was made. Yum!  I love the outdoors, but my husband is more a computer/movie buff.

Purex sent me a bottle of their new Natural Elements detergent which smells wonderful! It is like a vacation in a bottle...since my family won't be heading to the beach (which is ONLY about one hour away), I guess I am stuck sniffing the Purex! I love anything natural and tend to make my own detergent when I have the time. Would you like to try it out for yourself? I have coupons to share. Comment below!

Purex sent me a free sample to try and coupons to share, but all opinions are my own!

Combat Roach and Ant Bait

So I have a secret! Every so often, I have a roach problem! Living in South Louisiana, we have the big tree roaches that come in from time to time which are no big deal, but the German roaches are a whole other ball game! When my husband and I were first married, we lived in a duplex and battled the German roaches constantly. Sadly, it was a battle that was only won when we moved out! I totally treated the new house before moving in to it and tried to make sure everything that did go in was roach free! Since then, we have gotten German roaches every so often, but have always been able to kill them off. Honestly, I think that one of the grocery stores that I shop at has them and when I bring home certain products, I get an infestation. Previously, I have used the Combat roach gel that comes in the big syringe. It works well, but that nasty brown gel dries up and becomes a hard sticky mess. I have tried the little roach motels, but they never seemed to work as well. I have even gone to the professional exterminator store and purchased their version in the big syringe. It worked about the same as the Combat and cost three times as much.

So I was thrilled to have the opportunity to try the new bait strips. They contain the same roach gel without the mess! Just peel the cover and adhesive back and stick. Sadly, in Louisiana the adhesive only sticks for a few hours before the humidity gets to it. But the bait works great! I was even able to look at the strip and see where the roaches had been snacking on one of the bait strips!

So who is willing to admit you have a problem? Combat will send you a free sample to try. One reader will win and can pick either they ant or roach strips! Comment below!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

I need a huge favor!

We visited the Infinity Science Center yesterday and they are having a contest.
They want people to post a picture on their Facebook page of people in their
hurricane simulator. The contest ends tomorrow and the picture with the most
likes will win a birthday party at the ISC! Would you go like my picture???\

If the link doesn't work, search for the Infinity Science Center page. Look for
Posts by others section and find the picture by Lori Ann Ola. Thanks!!!!

Friday, March 22, 2013

I have yet another Purex review...

One of my biggest complaints about Purex has always been that they don't smell as much as or as nice as the more expensive brands. Well, Purex is starting to work one that with Purex with Crystals. They sent me a bottle free and some coupons to share in exchange for my honest opinion. I must say that this version of Purex is much nicer than anything that I have used before.

My daughter and her best friend found some cat or dog poop in her room and decided to play a trick on me. They put the poop in my bed and told me that the cat had done it. While I wouldn't put it past that crazy cat to do something like that...I knew that she was not capable of smoothing out the covers as nicely as they were put back on the bed and dried poop! Needless to say, that night I was up late washing my bedding in Purex with  Crystals! It smelled great! Want to try it? Leave me a comment and I will pick a winner and 3 days!

Congratulations! Mel! You win!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

My Walmart Ad Match Experience...or why Walmart lost my business!

I have a long history with Walmart. I was a an associate back in the late 80's and early 90's. My father is currently an associate in another state. While all the world complains about Walmart's corporate practices, I remember Walmart when Sam Walton was alive. I remember a store that cared about its customers, one built on the principal of putting the customer first and being a light in the community. Sadly, that Walmart is no longer in existence. The new Walmart is focused on profit and expansion. 

I was in the Slidell at Northshore Blvd. store yesterday purchasing groceries. I wanted to use Walmart's  ad match guarantee to purchase a couple of items. The first item was boneless, skinless chicken breasts from Albertsons.Walmart's price was $1.99/lb. while Albertson's was $1.48. When I told the cashier, she had to go check the price. She was gone for about 3 minutes and came back and charged me $1.78/lb. When I told her that she put it in wrong, she sighed and said "That is what they told me it was." I showed her the ad and she begrudgingly changed it. Then I wanted to purchase Purex from Winn-Dixie's ad. The ad said, "Buy one Get one Free up to $6.49." She told me that they didn't do Winn-Dixie ads, because it says "up to" and doesn't have the price printed "really big". I asked to speak to a manager and Mary came over. She told me that not only was the BOGO not valid, but since Winn-Dixie requires a shopping card, Walmart doesn't honor any of their ads. If this is true, then they don't honor Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, or several other competitors either. What is the point of having an ad match guarantee if they won't honor any of the competitor's ads? I have shopped at all 4 Walmarts in the surrounding area and have never been treated this way. Other Walmarts honor competitor's ads with no question especially when I have the ad in hand. I am not one of those crazy couponers and don't feel that I was asking for anything above or beyond what is in their ad match policy. I feel I was treated like I was trying to cheat the company by this cashier and manager. This is the second time that this has happened to me. Last time when I called 1-800-WALMART, the manager was supposed to call me to explain the policy. He did not. Honestly, I don't trust this store not to embarrass me at the check-out and treat me like a criminal. I won't shop there any longer. I will go to Winn-Dixie, Rouses, Albertsons, Lishman's and Target. As a former Walmart employee, I expect better from the company that I once loved to work for.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Honey Bunches of Oats Tropical Blends

Do you have your favorite cereals that you buy every week? My daughter and husband like Fruity Dinobites the best and I am a Wheat Chex girl with a box of Cocoa Pebbles thrown in for times when I need a sugar fix. It is funny, because I remember spending great amounts of time searching the cereal aisle for just the right cereal when I was a child. Now, I search the cereal aisle for my cereal and go. I have bought lots of different types over the years, but normally end up tossing a half a box of cereal that just wasn't a hit in my home. So, I was hesitant to sign up for the Honey Bunches of Oats Tropical Blends sample offer.

When I got the box, I tried it dry. It was pretty good, a little on the sweet side for my personal taste. Milk cut the sweetness of it and made it better. Looking at the box, I see that they have a cinnamon version that might suit my tastes better.

Post gave me coupons to share. If you would like to try it for yourself, do these 3 things:
1) Like the Honey Bunches of Oats Facebook page
2) Tweet my post @HBOats #HoneyBunchesOfOats.
3) Give me some love on Facebook too.

Once you have finished my contest, here is another one that I am super excited about! Purex and Post are holding an Escape to the Tropics, Tropical Trio contest. The grand prize is a 4 night stay at Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach for 2 people! There will also be 5 first prize winners for a one year supply of Purex Natural Elements Tropical Splash and Honey Bunches of Oats Tropical Blends! And 100 second prize winners will receive coupons for free Purex Natural Elements Tropical Splash Detergent and Honey Bunches of Oats Tropical Blends! Visit the website to enter! This contest ends April 19th, so hurry!

Post provided a box of cereal so that I could review it. Also provided was information on the Tropical Trio Sweepstakes and I may qualify for a prize. All opinions expressed are my own.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Unexpected Love

Book Description

How would you characterize Jesus in his interactions with women? Gracious? Preachy? Aloof? Kind? Dismissive?
Unexpected Love is an essential read for anyone eager to understand Jesus Christ’s true heart for women. We ache for a satisfying relationship with him and crave his healing touch. So did the women of the first century. Each approached him with something they wanted. They left with more than they could have imagined.
Writer and teacher Julie Coleman carefully walks readers through the gospel narratives, offering evidence of a perceptive Savior deeply concerned about the women he met. Through vivid descriptions, thoughtful questions, and empowering applications, she brings a fresh perspective to these sometimes puzzling stories.
Unexpected Love offers a compelling vision of a Savior who meets us where we are and will take us where we need to go. Discover his passion for women. What you read will impact your own relationship with him. You will fall in love with the dynamic, beautiful, and unexpectedly personal Jesus.

My Take.....

This is a beautiful book. The author brings the stories that we have heard so many times to a lovingly personal account. It made me desire a more intimate relationship with my Heavenly Father. I highly recommend reading this book and sharing it with women who are hurting!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Saturday, January 12, 2013

The MoneySmart Family System: Teaching Financial Independence to Children of Every Age

Book Description

Is it possible to raise financially responsible kids of any age in a society filled with consumerism and entitlement?
New York Times best-selling authors Steve and Annette Economides raised their five kids while spending 77 percent less than the USDA predicted. And the money they did spend was also used to train their children to become financially independent. The MoneySmart Family System will show you how to teach your children to manage money and have a good attitude while they’re learning to earn, budget, and spend wisely.
Learn how to:
*Get the kids out the door for school with less stress. *End the battle over clothing—forever *Teach your children to be grateful and generous. *Inspire your kids to help with chores as a member of a winning team. *Prepare your kids for their first paying job. *Help your kids pay for their own auto insurance, and even pay cash for their own cars. *Employ strategies for debt-free college educations. *Truly help your adult children when they want to move back home. *Be prepared to deal with your adult children when they ask for bailouts.
With clear steps for children of every age, The MoneySmart Family System proves that it’s never too early, too late, or too hard to start learning financial responsibility.

 My take....

My child is a walking advertisement for whatever products are advertised on TV during her show. It really makes me crazy that the marketers focus so much attention on kids. We will walk through the store and look at items, all the while she is spouting off lines from commercials. Needless to say, we talk about money on a regular basis. The MonsySmart Family System is a great tool for parents of kids any age! It talks about helping preschoolers through young adults manage the minefield of finances. I was very impressed with the chapter on friendships through the child's life and how parents can help their kids understand that they do not have to have the same things or spend the same amounts as everyone else on weddings, prom, toys, etc... It is worth the read!

I was given this book free through Thomas Nelson Publishing's Booksneeze program, but all of the opinions are my own.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

What is Borax?

I was given a box of Borax by Purex Insiders in exchange for a blog review. Of course, all of the opinions that I express are my own!

So What is Borax? According to 20 Mule Team, Borax is 100% natural mineral from the earth. Once removed from the ground it is washed, dried and boxed for consumers. Borax is the common name for sodium tetraborate: a naturally occurring substance produced by the perpetual evaporation of seasonal lakes. They add nothing to Borax, no phosphates, chlorine or other chemicals. One of the main things that Borax does is helps detergent work better by softening the water. We don't have extremely hard water like some parts of the country, but we do have minerals and tannins in our water. Anything that helps keep my clothes and removes stains is great!

So what did my precious child want to do with the box of Borax that we received in the mail? Did she want to scrub our kitchen and bath? Did she pull out all of her stained clothes and start doing laundry? Nope! She insisted that the first thing we do with the Borax was to make slime!

How do you make Borax Slime you ask? Mix 1 teaspoon of Borax with 1 cup of water. In a separate plastic bowl, mix 1 bottle of school glue with your favorite food coloring. Add the Borax solution to the glue and mix. Immediately, the glue will become slimy and fun to play with!

While I don't recommend giving it to small children, I feel better knowing that Borax is natural if I am going to let my child play with it. And it will get the stains out of her clothes!

Wanna try Borax? I have coupons for my loyal blog readers! Shoot me a comment below and we will pick the winners in a week!