Monday, September 29, 2014

Veggie Tales Celery Night Fever DVD Review and Giveaway!!



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"Broccoli, Celery, Gotta be.. Veggie Tales!! " I have been singing that song long before my child was ever born. When I first heard of Veggie Tales and watched them in the store I worked in at the mall, I knew one day I'd watch them with my kiddo. And I did!

These songs stick in your head and you'll find yourself randomly singing them when you're cooking, eating or shopping for veggies. Oh and if you can't find your hairbrush? Yep. "Oh where... is my hairbrush?". These guys are awesome! Then there's the Song of the Cebu and I don't got a belly button, and they just keep on coming!

Remember I told you a few months back I got the chance to be a Family Christian Blogger? Well that means that I recently got the chance to review the new Veggie Tales DVD, Celery Night Fever.


  VeggieTales Celery Night Fever, available August 2014 

Don't you just love Larry's wig? Oh it's awesome! Get ready for some disco fever to hit your house with this new episode.

When my son opened the package he was so excited and the first thing he did was put it in the DVD player.


And he watched it. Three times. Within the first 24 hours we had it. I think that says something, don't you?

This Veggie Tales episode features Terry Crews as Bruce Onion. He's a new character and one that has to learn a lesson or two on forgiveness. The exciting adventures that the Veggie Tales go on this time helps them learn about friendships, forgiveness and working together. Even Junior and Laura learn a thing or two about friendships and forgiving each other.

In this episode Junior and Laura have a big task ahead of them. They must help save their favorite Celery Park from Mr. Bruce Onion's plans of tearing it down. They decide to get a concert going to raise funds for their park and want to reunite the Groovy Brothers Band to do the concert.

The plan seems like it will not work because the band has reasons they split up in the first place and they don't want to let those go. Then they remember that God forgives us and that they should too. Once the band is back together, well, you have to watch it to find out the rest!



Oh, have you ever wondered what puppy would be absolutely perfect for Larry? He has and in the new silly song, you'll find out which one works just right!!

As usual the Veggie Tales made a homerun with this new episode just released. So are you ready for an even more exciting part? You could win this episode too!!!!!!

Just enter the giveaway below for your chance to own this awesome newly released Veggie Tales DVD.

So tell me, which is your absolute favorite episode or silly song of the Veggie Tales?


Sunday, September 28, 2014

BakeIt Fun Baking Mat Review

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I love to cook and here's another great tool I have recently added to my kitchen. I have used parchment paper, kitchen sprays and other types of non-stick surfaces. While they are great, they aren't always feasible or don't give the wanted results at times. 

Step in the non-stick silicone baking mat by BakeIt Fun. Reasonably priced and easy to use, this mat made cooking easy to do. 

This mat fits any of your regular 13" x 18" baking pan. You can use it for a number of things such as cookies, biscuits, breads and more. Anything you want to stay easy to remove from the pan, this is your helper. 


Since I am trying to convert the whole family over to a Paleo/low-carb lifestyle for health reasons, I decided to use the mat to make coconut flour biscuits. I love the little circles on the mat as a guide for placing your items. It does help to make it easier to know how to space them .



While not everyone was a fan of the recipe, we were all fans of how the biscuits easily slid right off of the baking mat. 

They turned a beautiful color and removed without any fuss. Simple washing with water later and it was done in a flash. 

The mat is non-toxic and you do not need any extra sprays or grease to keep it working properly. 

I am loving my experiences with the silicone cookware recently. You can check out my blog for other products I have tried. 

For less than $15 right now, you can purchase this baking mat on Amazon and see for yourself. It is highly rated and easy to work with. No more wasting money on sprays or papers that don't always work. Check this one out and tell me what you think!!


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Grazia Silicone 24 Cup Mini Muffin Pan Review


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If you've been around here any length of time, you know I like to cook. I love to cook and share recipes and Pinterest? Well that's my bestest friend when it comes to finding new things to try.

Imagine my excitement when I got chosen to do the Grazia Silicone 24 muffin cup pan review. :) (squeeel)

I have long wanted to try these silicone muffin pans out. I want to see if they are worth it and what all the hub bub is about. I have the 12 cup muffin pans here but have been contemplating the 24 cup mini-muffin pans too. So in this review I got to get two things I wanted all in one! And who can beat the color! One of my favorite colors and my kitchen is being done in red :) Sounds like this review was just perfect!

I decided I'd try a new recipe with my new pan. Since it's beginning to try and look like fall, what better muffin recipe than pumpkin muffins to try! I love pumpkin everything anyway so this was just a great experiment.


 I tried the Paleo pumpkin muffin recipe you can find by clicking here. They turned out wonderful. Of course, my family isn't quite sold on the Paleo/grain free baked goods just yet but I'm still trying.

The pan was magnificent! No sticking, beautiful muffins and they came out of the pan painlessly. I was always a little concerned if the silicone was really worth it but let me tell you. It  is. Super easy to clean up and you don't have to worry about scraping your metal muffin pans because your muffins stuck in that one little tiny spot you didn't get spray on.

These muffin pans are highly rated and loved by all that try them. I can totally see why now. You should check them out on Amazon and see what it can do for your baking endeavors. I have seen people that had success with traditional muffins, egg muffins and other ideas.

I can't wait to try other products by Grazia. They have a variety of cooking items that look fabulous just like this one.

Check it out on Amazon and see what all the fuss is about yourself. For us, this muffin pan get's two thumbs wayyyyy up! No more rusty metal pans and worrying about scraping the coating off in your food!


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Mercy

I have recently been studying Revelations in the Bible. You know, the one in the back of the book? The one where some of us just want to skip over because it can be quite scary? That one. I don't know why but I have always loved reading that book. It is scary. No joke. But it is also exciting and encouraging that one day every tear of ours will be wiped from our eyes. We will see our Maker and his Kingdom and reign with Him. But until then... It can be quite scary to read that book and know that we have loved ones, friends and even co-workers that don't know Him on a personal level.

While I have been reading it today, one thing spoke volumes to me. Don't you love that? When God just plainly and clearly speaks right from His Word into your heart? This morning when I was reading in Revelations about the judgements and it got to the fifth trumpet to sound, that's when it hit me.  When you read this judgement the locusts that come have the power to sting like scorpions but they do not kill. I was thinking why not? Then I read the study aid in my Bible about this certain thing. I didn't think like God did. He was giving them one more chance to repent and call on Him instead of living in their own ways. This mercy He shows gives them yet another opportunity to turn to Him instead of away from Him.

The word Mercy. What does that mean?

The dictionary says Mercy is

"Compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one's power to punish or harm"

Wow! Within one's power to punish or harm and yet, they show compassion or forgiveness. We often hear this and know that God gives mercy but do we ever realize that we see this everyday? If you are awake and breathing, He's given you mercy to choose Him today. If you haven't chosen to follow Him yet, He's had mercy by given you another chance. 

As Christians we often refer to Lamentations 3:22 and 23 "It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness."

It is within God's power to punish us and harm us as the definition says but He chooses to show mercy on us. Every day we get up is a gift. Every day we can choose to live His ways and for Him, He is showing us His mercy. Here are some scriptures I found about His mercy that hopefully will uplift you today:

"For the Lord if good; His mercy is everlasting and his truth endureth to all generations." Psalm 100:5

"But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved)" Ephesians 2:4-5

"Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." Hebrews 4:16

There are so many more that talk about God's mercy. I don't know about you but I am thankful that God's mercies are new everyday. I'm thankful that though I may fail and fall, He's there to pick me up and dust me back off. God has so abundantly blessed us with new mercy each day and we should remember to turn to Him and not our selves. 

Thank you God for your mercy and grace. Thank you that each day we live is a gift and may we never forget that. 


Abigail and the Jungle Adventure E-Book Review


Recently we received the Abigail and the Jungle Adventure e-book for our Kindle to review. I love books and am trying to pass that love on down to my son. So far it's working. :) We love to read together, listen to books and get awesome books like this one to take with us on the Kindle.

The story is written by Tali Carmi and beautifully illustrated by Mindy Liang. This team works together to bring Abigail's adventure to life. They do so beautifully!!!

The bright illustrations make it inviting and interesting to younger readers. It also makes it neat for us older readers too to see what is going on in the story.

Take an adventure with Abigail as she discovers an amazing bicycle in her grandparents home. This bike takes her to the Amazon jungle where she meets Nuka and his tribe. This amazing little story shares her adventure to the jungle and what prize she brings back with her. I won't tell you what happens because you need to read the story ;-).

If you have a younger reader that loves to take adventures, then definitely check out this book by purchasing it on Amazon for $1.00 right now.

There is a whole line of these adorable books and I recommend you checking them out. They are fun, easy to read and great for kids of all ages.


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hydracentials Sporty 25 oz Insulated Bottle Review

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I have been chomping at the bit to share this review I received with you. In one word, this bottle is AMAZING! I am sooo in love with this Hydracentials Water Bottle. 

Since I sing with our praise team at church, lead the Cub Scout group my son is in and just generally have to do a lot of running, I always try to keep water with me. I have had trouble finding a bottle I could easily take with me that could keep my water cold AND keep it from sweating all over the place. 

This one does all that and is highly impressive! I can easily fill this bottle up on the go with 25 oz of my favorite water, lemonade etc and hit the door. 

I don't have to worry about this sweating on me since it is double insulated and metal on the outside. It doesn't leak like other bottles do either. This bottle is easy to clean but you can't wash it in the dishwasher.

I have been literally taking this bottle with me everywhere we go. And let me tell you something. I have left this sitting on the counter after we return and the next afternoon there's still ice in the bottle! I mean still chunks of ice and cold!! That is a huge perk to me. It is always cold and I can even leave it in the car for a little bit and still cold water at my disposal. 

I highly recommend this bottle to any of you that want to take your water with you on the road but do not want to clutter up the trash cans with plastic bottles. If you're like us you're on the road a lot. This makes it easy to take with you as it fits in most cup holders and can even attach to your bookbag with the easy snap lid. 

I hope you check out this amazing Hydracentials bottle by clicking here. You won't be sorry!


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thankful Thursday..

Todays the day! The favorite post of the week day! :) I love coming in on Thursdays and remembering all we have to be thankful for. We try to do this everyday but let's face it. We don't always do it that way. So this reminds me to sit down, stop and be thankful for all that God has so richly blessed us with.

- Today I'm thankful we are on a break from school. We have been working hard for six weeks and it was time for some downtime. We are using a new schedule this year with sessions on and off.

- I'm thankful for my parents visiting this week.

- I'm thankful for a little cooler weather. It is still burning up but it's noticeably not as hot as it was.

- I'm thankful for a great group of parents in our Scout group this year.

- I'm thankful for cool games to review like the ThinkFun game we are working on right now. This was a huge hit when we got it yesterday.

- I'm thankful for a great homeschool group that we are blessed to connect with several times a month.

So what are you thankful for this week?