Friday, February 5, 2016

Good Night Little Love + Giveaway

Disclosure: I wrote this post on behalf of Tommy Nelson and received a promotional item to thank me for my time.  All opinions regarding Tommy Nelson and the book are my own and were not influenced by other sources.

Whether it's Valentines Day or not, I love showing my love for my children.  Sharing my passion for books with them is one of those ways.  We spend a lot of time before bed reading our favorite books. Our new favorite bedtime story is Good Night Little Love.

Picture Credit: Tommy Nelson

Good Night Little Love's sweet and rhythmic words bring smiles to my children's faces.  They get lost in the beautiful pictures as the mama bunny gets her baby bunny all set and snuggly for bed. This die-cut, board book will be a special gift for your little one for Valentine's Day!


You can purchase the same book my children have for $8.99 at Amazon.com or Tommy Nelson.
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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Women of Faith Memories

Disclosure: I wrote this post on behalf of Women of Faith and received promotional items to thank me for my time.  All opinions regarding Women of Faith are my own.

The Lord has an amazing way of bringing me the right people at the right time.  I had just moved back to Colorado with my husband and baby girl.  And I met another mom who had a daughter just two months older then Big C.  We were both first time moms with so much in common, including our faith.  It didn't take us long to become great friends.  She was my chosen family brought to me by God.

Less then a couple years later, Abby and I found out we were both pregnant again and our babies were due only weeks apart.  We were going through all the ups and downs together, learning and growing together and sharing God's love with each other.  We were doing life together.  And we were both so excited to attend our first Women of Faith Conference together!

Abby and I were both pregnant, nauseous, hungry and hormonal attending a conference that made us laugh out loud and cry tears of God's grace upon us.  The stories, jokes, songs and prayers lifted high left me craving for so much more.  But unfortunately, it was the last one I ever attended.

I was so disappointed when I learned it was the last year of Women of Faith, but I was thrilled when I found out there was a movie coming to my area.  Though I no longer live in Colorado, I am thrilled to take my best friend and cousin to her first Women of Faith experience.

This event will take us on a journey through the Women of Faith years.  I'm looking forward to seeing never-before-seen scenes, interviews, and musical performances.  You won't want to miss this limited engagement in select cinemas February 18th and 20th, as well as, March 3rd and 5th.


To learn more about the movie, dates and show times, visit their website and check out the official trailer! Stay connected with Women of Faith on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Imperfect Positively Grace-filled Parenting

The past couple of parenting years have been a bit of a struggle for me.  Going from one very easy-going child, to having a second who is the total opposite, has been something I've had to figure out along the way. On top of that, moving to a different state after being settled and comfortable, had it's challenges, too. I've been frustrated more times then I've been joyful.  And I really don't like that feeling.

For 2016, I chose a new phrase for parenting (and my life's journey): Be positive!  I know there is going to be struggles, ". . . In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33  Parenting is not easy and there will always be something new that will be challenging.  But I have chosen to let go of the things that are out of my control, I have fallen on my knees and leaned into Our Father, and I have prayed for guidance with so many decisions.  I have seen answered prayers and hearts changed already.  I feel more free to love and stress has been lifted from my shoulders.

Photo Credit: n&j photography
I have expressed many parenting worries to one of my best friends, Abby.  She always reminds me that no matter how much I love my children and how much I want the best for them, God loves them more. And that is so true.  I can just rest in that assurance and be positive that God has already taken care of my children's needs before I even ask.

Another important parenting goal for me this year (and always), is to teach my children the love of Jesus.  If they know his love for them, I believe everything else will fall into place.  My children will make better decisions, they will love and be loved, they will forgive and receive forgiveness, they will be respectful and receive respect, they will give all to God and God will give everything in his plan to them.

And lastly, but certainly not least.  I always want to extend grace to my children.  Because I know I need the same in return.  After each time out, I get down to my child's level and look them in the eye. They offer apologies and I always forgive.  Because there have been times when I've made mistakes and I needed their forgiveness, too.  Without a second thought, they always forgive me.

This then is how you should pray: " 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today your daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.'  For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:9-15

I hope you'll follow along on my parenting journey this year.  And I would love to hear your parenting goals for 2016!  Share them in the comments below or link up with us at Mommy Monday!


Mommy Monday Link Party + Week One

Welcome to Mommy Monday!

Welcome to Mommy Monday! Mommy Monday is a weekly themed link party where we share a parenting topic and you share your thoughts on it - then we all link up our posts here. It’s a great way to get your blogging wheels greased up and spinning again if you’re struggling with writer’s block!

Get Inspired

This week’s prompt is to share your parenting goals for 2016. Get writing and share your goals with us this week!  Want to get ahead? Next week’s prompt will be to share your child’s current favorite book and tell us a bit about it.  Check out this month's prompts here! When you share your posts on Mommy Monday, your link is shared on two blogs and our Pinterest board.

Get to Know Your Hosts


Mandi blogs at Sweet Tiny Blessings and is a mama to two wonderful kids. She blogs about faith, family, and healthy living.

Visit her blog: Sweet Tiny Blessings




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Monday, January 25, 2016

Teaching My Children To Be Grateful For What They Have

Disclosure:  I wrote this post on behalf of Pley and received compensation to thank me for my time.  All opinions are my own.

Throughout the year, my daughter would ask for things she saw on tv, in the store or whatever new toy her friends had.  My initial response was, "you can put it on your birthday or Christmas wish list." I rarely buy her toys otherwise.  But to my surprise it was after her birthday and Christmas where she began wishing for the things she didn't receive instead of being grateful for what she did get.

We had a long talk about being grateful for the things we have.  There are so many children who aren't as fortunate as she is.  She has so many toys that sometimes it's hard for her to even keep track of what she has.

When Big C starts asking for toys, we do two things.  First, we go through all of her toys and start organizing.  She realizes what she forgot about or we put aside toys that she no longer plays with, so that we can donate them to children who would love and care for them.  In this way, it teaches her to be more responsible with her belongings, but it also reminds her of how loving and giving she is.

Photo Credit: Pley.com
The next step we take is looking up the item that she wants for herself.  We see how much it costs and she starts saving for it.  Big C has a weekly chore chart and earns money by doing those chores. The harder she works, the more money she gets, and the faster she can purchase the toy she wants.

Not only do I think this teaches her responsibility, but she learns to be more grateful for what she worked hard to purchase.  Though she loves and appreciates the gifts she receives from others, I think she is more grateful for what she has when she takes ownership of earning it herself.

If you like the idea of your child saving up their own money for toys, a great option to try out is Pley.com.  Pley.com allows you to rent the toys, return and pick new ones.  That way, if your child gets "bored" of what they already have, they have the opportunity to try something new.

Pley offers a variety of educational toys, robotic toys and LEGO sets.  And new toys are always being added.  Pley members save an average of $800 a year, reduces clutter and allows you to get new toys delivered right to your front door.  Being a Pley member also helps children learn the concept of sharing!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Warm Up with Boulder Organic Soups + Giveaway

Disclosure:  I wrote this post on behalf of Boulder Organic and received sample products to thank me for my time.  All opinions are my own.

It's soup season and time to keep your healthy new years resolutions!  Boulder Organic Foods has the perfect soups for you.  They are certified organic, gluten-free and Non-GMO.  Did I mention they are delicious, too?

Photo credit: Boulder Organic Foods

Boulder Organic soup comes in 10 different flavors, including:
  • Butternut Squash with Sage
  • Roasted Tomato Basil
  • Red Lentil Dahl
  • Garden Minestrone 
  • Cuban Black Bean
  • Green Chili Corn Chowder
  • Potato Leek 
  • Golden Quinoa and Kale
  • Chicken Quinoa and Kale
  • Chicken Vegetable Chili 
These yummy soups are found in the refrigerated deli section in most Targets and Fresh Markets across the country.  For more information, go to BoulderOrganicFoods.com.  Or connect on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Boulder Organics is giving away a 3 pack of coupons to 3 blessed readers!  Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter.  This giveaway is open to US residents only.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Share Savings and Earn Amazon Rewards from Dealspotr.com

Disclosure: I wrote this post on behalf of Dealspotr.com and received compensation to thank me for my time.  All opinions are my own.  Referral links are provided in this post.

Who loves a good deal?  I think we all do.  But what if you found a good deal and got rewarded for sharing it with others?  That's exactly what Dealspotr.com is all about.  For the past month, I've been testing out this great website to share with my readers.  It's definitely one of my favorites.

HOW DOES IT WORK?
Your first step is to create an account.  Dealspotr wants real people sharing real deals.  Once you create a legit account, you'll start earning Karma to reach Amazon rewards.  Every time you reach a new level, your amount of Amazon reward increases.  You can earn Karma several ways.

  • Add a profile image and bio
  • Comment on a deal
  • Post deals
  • Follow deal sharers
  • Follow stores
  • Post great deals 
  • Comments and likes on your deals
  • and more
I've been using Dealspotr for about a month now, posting my favorite deals, coupons and discounts almost everyday.  I try to post about three a day.  Since I started using Dealspotr, I have earned almost $15 in Amazon gift cards.

Another great way to earn even more Karma, is by referring friends.  You can earn earn 50 points when someone signs up using your referral code.  Get 500 points when your referral levels up.  And your link automatically gives your referral 200 points just for signing up.

Dealspotr isn't just about sharing deals, it's also about getting great deals.  Maybe you plan to shop at Macy's for a special occasion coming up, then check out Dealspotr first to see if there are coupons to save you money.  If you find one you like, use it, comment and earn Amazon rewards!

As a stay-at-home-mom, I'm always looking for ways to save money or contribute to our household income.  This is definitely one of my favorite sites to help me do so.  If you would like to get started on sharing savings and earning Amazon rewards, go ahead and click here (my referral link)!