Oakland Cemetery and Sunday in the Park

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I grew up with a wonderful family that exposed me to many different things when I was young.  Of course, I took for granted what they had exposed me to and even despised some of the events that they “dragged” us to.  As a parent now I know why they felt the need to expose us to many different venues despite the whining my sister and I would do.  They felt it was their duty to show us as much as they could of the world around us.  To provide us with experiences so we could learn to appreciate the beauty all around us.

One of those “adventures” that my parents used to take my sister and me on was to cemeteries.  I was never really into this as a child and I find it quite funny, now that I am older, that I actually like them.  I recall many times when we would pull over to the side of the road and walk through small cemeteries doing rubbings and admiring tombstones.  I even remember going to some for Easter egg hunts and even having picnics.  Our adventures did not consist of frolicking around the grounds of the deceased being disrespectful but rather our parents were teaching us to respect and admire the beauty found in such places.  To remember those that are buried through their stories and trying to keep their tombstones looking nice.

Want to know more about Oakland Cemetery and their annual Sunday in the Park event?  Please check our my blog post on Atlanta Area Moms.  You won’t be disappointed!

Mom’s Night Out Movie Review and Giveaway

As moms, how often do we take time out of our lives to sit back and just breathe? Not often!  Typically when someone tells us to breathe, we are either in labor or about to blow our top from all the stress of just trying to be the best mother, wife, daughter, friend, employee, etc…  that we can be!  I know I can relate to this and so can many of you!  Motherhood is challenging, but is also the most rewarding experience that we can ever imagine!

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This movie is just what moms need!  It provides viewers with a humorous look into the world of being a mommy and that ever nagging feeling inside of us that tells us we aren’t good enough or that we aren’t doing it right!  Trust me ladies, this film will help you to get your “mommy groove” back!  I truly believe you will leave this film realizing that what you have to offer your children and families is making a difference and so worth it!

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Now out in DVD,  you will definitely want to purchase this film! Personally, I recommend that you plan a moms’ night out, well I should say ‘in”, with your girlfriends! Don’t have girlfriends near you to have a girls night out, no problem!  The great thing about this film is that it is truly a family film!  You can watch it with your husband, kids, parents, whoever…  This film can also be used as an outreach tool for churches and various other mom groups.   It has a message that is clear and one that we need to be reminded of! This movie touched me deep down to the core of my heart!  It had me laughing and crying!  Most importantly, it reminded me of who I am in God’s eyes and that He has put me right where I AM supposed to BE! Everyone can relate to it!  I know I will host many more Mom’s Night “In” just to remind myself that I am still in control!

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Starring Sarah Drew, Sean Astin, Patricia Heaton, David Hunt, Andrea Logan White, Robert Amaya, Abbie Cobb, Harry Shum Jr., Kevin Downes, Alex Kendrick, and Trace Adkins, this faith-based film is something you will not want to miss!

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Winner Michelle B

Gift box includes:

  • 2 Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack Copies of Moms’ Night Out.  That way you can keep one and give one away to a mom who could really use it.
  • Plenty of snacks for the show including popcorn and assorted candy.
  • 5 Manicure/Pedicure sets
  • Assorted fingernail polish
  • 5 Assorted Beauty Mud Masks because you can’t have a girl’s night in without a facial

Disclosure

This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. I was provided with a gift box and movie for my review.  The opinions presented are totally my own and were not influenced by the makers of the movie or those that provided me with the materials.

Please Vote NOW to Help Kids Have More Fun

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Parents! Vote Now to Help Kids Have More Fun – One Playspace at a Time

As parents, we spend a lot of time discovering creative ways to nurture our children’s curiosity. Luckily, being outdoors provides the perfect landscape, fueling young imaginations and creating endless possibilities for exploration, discovery and creativity. Children’s Claritin hopes to inspire parents to create innovative play spaces in their backyards, and communities.

Children’s Claritin also believes in the benefits of outdoor activity for children, and wants to help children get the most out of every day! They’re teaming up with KaBOOM!, a national non-profit, to help bring innovative playspaces to communities in need and you can help! By voting, you can help them pick the four community organizations that will receive Imagination Playground™. What’s Imagination Playground™? See imagination at play – watch last year’s winner enjoying Imagination Playground™.

Be sure to visit ClaritinVoteforPlayspaces.com where you can place your vote and gather playspace inspirations for creating your own backyard playspace.  

While visiting the Children’s Claritin & KaBOOM! Facebook page, you can also:

  • Learn more about the twelve organizations you can vote for receiving Imagination Playground™

  • Download coupon offers

  • Locate a playspace near you

Vote now and help us pick the four community organizations that will receive Imagination Playground™. You can vote one time per day through 9/26/14. Click here for voting rules.


If you are interested in participating in future MomSelect sponsored events and programs, register at MomSelect.com!

Treasury of Bible Stories – Rhythmical Rhymes of Biblical Times

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One of the many blessings I have in life is to share my love for Jesus with others!  After all, it is the Great Commission!  That is why when I was given the opportunity to review  Treasury of Bible Stories – Rhythmical Rhymes of Biblical Times I could not pass it up!  Spending time sharing God’s word with others while snuggling with loved ones….Sign me up for that!
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This treasury is beautiful.  The stories are wonderfully  written for children to follow along and understand.  The illustrations are captivating and provide for discussion.    The Treasury of Bible Stories includes 20 popular stories from the Bible.  They are written in rhythmical rhyming way.  This allows you to captivate your child’s attention as you read.  My son’s favorite story was Jonah and the Whale.  We have read that one quite a few times and he is even beginning to say it himself now thanks to the rhythmical rhymes included in the treasury.  This is definitely a book that you will want to get to share with those you love!
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About the book:
Featuring lyrical stories that will make you laugh, this colorful collection is perfect for reading out loud. Magnificent Tales are rhyming Bible stories with clever art and clear lessons the whole family will enjoy. The stories and illustrations are so engaging that you won’t grow tired of reading a Magnificent Tale night after night! From “The Salty Tale of Noah’s Ark” to “The Lasting Story of the Last Supper,” the rhyming tales in this book remind us that God loves His people—in the Bible and today!
About the author:
Kelly Pulley has illustrated dozens of books in The Beginner’s Bible series and has authored and illustrated several other children’s books, including Ten Unusual Features of Lulu McDunn and The Cycling Wangdoos. He enjoys spending time with his four grown children and his beautiful wife, Vickie, in the Nashville area.
Would you like to win your own copy?  Please click on the Google Form Link and let me know!  Winner will be selected Sept. 21, 2014.
Winner  Natalie J.
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Want to purchase you own copy, please check out ChristianBook.com!
Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): 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.

Sweet Snuggle Scents

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Sweet Snuggle Scents

 I have not always been a fabric softener user.  They just were not on my shopping list.  I would strictly buy the detergent and move on to the next aisle.  As I grew older though and had a family,  I quickly began to recognize the importance of fabric softeners in my life and the lives of those I love.  Now when I walk down the laundry aisle in the grocery store, you better believe I am checking out the fabric softeners, and the only one for my family is Snuggle.  They offer the best scents and the best softener around.

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Not to mention as a child, I fell in love with that adorable Snuggle bear!  You know the one that sat in laundry basket and loved on the towels when they came out of the dryer! Did you know that Snuggle Bear is celebrating his 30th birthday?  Hard to imagine that he is that old as he has not aged a bit;)  My family still thinks this bear is one of the cutest bears around and when we wear our clothes or use our towels and blankets, we can’t help but remember the sweetness of the Snuggle bear!

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As a member of the Snuggle Bear Den Community I was recently sent a package of Snuggle Scent Boosters Lavender Joy scent pacs to review.  This new fabric softener scent is packaged in a convenient pac that you toss into your washing machine.  No more pouring liquid into a cup and worrying about spills and whether you have not added enough or added too much.  This concentrated pac provides the perfect amount and a long lasting fresh scent.   The great news is that this product lasted for days.  As a teacher, mom, and wife, I am thankful for that sweet lavender joy scent.  Just a few whiffs I am slowly relaxing as I am whisked away (in my mind) to my happy place!

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Next time you are in the store, please consider picking up Snuggle’ new scent booster pods.  They really do make a difference.

Website:  http://www.snuggle.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Snuggle

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Snuggle_Bear

You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/user/snuggle

Instagram: http://instagram.com/snuggle_bear

Disclaimer: I am a member of the Snuggle Bear Den Community.  I was provided with a sample to review.  I was not compensated for this review and the opinions expressed are my own.  I did get this for free as part as being in the Snuggle Bear Den Community.

Cascade Platinum Shining Review and Giveaway

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I recently had the privilege of hosting a Cascade Platinum party to showcase the magical cleaning power of this newest addition to the Cascade line.  This product is designed to achieve a powerful clean.  You can even put dirty dishes in the dishwasher without pre-rinsing!  Yes, I know I said WITHOUT pre-rinsing!  Too good to be true! That is what I thought at first but after putting it to the test, I know this product WORKS!

 

Many of us have been taught to pre-wash dishes before putting them in the dishwasher.  I always found this odd and really pointless!  If I had to pre-wash then I might as well just wash them by hand.   So why does Cascade Platinum do the job we have all been taught to do?  It has special enzymes that latch onto that food so that it breaks down in your dishwasher.

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My friends and family gathered for a fun filled day of celebrating birthdays with some good ole fashion Southern comfort food.  Being from the South, we LOVE a good ole country meal!  Homemade made macaroni and cheese along with some double fuggy brownies made these folks happy happy happy!  Clean up was a breeze and I thought some thought I had lost my mind when I just pout everything in the dishwasher as is!  Gunk and all!  To top that off it had been that way since the evening before when I was prepping the foods.  Being that I was taught to pre-wash, my mother thought I was crazy and questioned me.  To her surprise though, when the dishes were done, she was blown away!  Cascade Platinum really works and I made quite a few believers (and thankful family members) along the way!  No more pre-washing for this family!

Guests participated in a Cascade Platinum online survey at http://www.cascadeclean.com/us/cascade/review

 

Have your OWN opinion to share? Head to the Cascade website to leave a short review of Cascade Platinum (http://www.cascadeclean.com/us/cascade/review) including #CascadeShiningReviews. One reviewer will win a Kitchen Aid Dishwasher!

More pictures to be added this week.  Having some technical difficulties–wrong phone with pictures;)

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Want to win a Cascade prize pack?  Just follow the Giveaway link below and a winner will be selected by September 6.  Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.
 

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Your prize pack will include:

  • Cascade Platinum 10-count tabs Pack
  • Cascade Platinum Rinse Aid Bottle
  • Whisk
  • Spatula
  • Cheese grater
  • Oven mitts

 

GIVEAWAY is now OVER!  Winner is Jessica from WI

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Disclaimer:  I received these products for free of charge to facilitate a review by Double Duty Divas and Cascade.  All opinions are honest and 100% my own.