Kutless Alpha/ Omega Win the CD

Music awakens my soul. There is nothing like listening to an uplifting song to get you thru whatever you may be going thru in life. Since I started going back to the church I found music that truly awakens my soul. I put it on the car and my kids say to me … is this from church mom? As I sit here writing this and listening to Kutless my youngest walks and hears King Of my Heart, she starts to belt it out. I love it makes my heart smile. Have you heard the Kutless album it’s amazing and so refreshing?

 

 

 

Since signing to BEC Recordings in 2001, Kutless has transformed from a new rock band to a staple artist in the industry that has multi-format, top-charting hits, sold millions of records and more than eight million streams. Launched by original members Jon Micah Sumrall (lead vocals) and guitarist James Mead, the band formed first as a modern rock/worship band at Warner Pacific College in Portland in 2000. Kutless has two RIAA Gold-selling albums for Strong Tower and Live from Portland. The band has had 12 No. 1 radio singles across all formats including their major hits “Strong Tower,” “What Faith Can Do” and “Carry Me To The Cross.”

After more than 15 years together and reaching fans around the world, Kutless continues to be focused on sharing the Gospel with a younger generation that is searching for answers.

 

 

 

“We really believe that music can make a difference in people’s lives,” shares Jon Micah Sumrall. “Music is an incredibly powerful tool that can break down walls and allow us to communicate a message of hope to people who may not listen otherwise. We are still recording and performing because we really do believe it makes a difference. We hear stories all the time from people who share with us how a concert or a song has radically impacted their life, and it’s these types of testimonies that keep us going year after year.”

In 2012, Kutless formed EOTA Ministries (End of The Age) to expand their evangelistic outreach around the globe. EOTA is the non-profit arm that aids Kutless in hosting large, free outreach concerts and events. In 2015, they partnered with other organizations to bring concerts to Kiev, Ukraine and other cities for six events – the largest of their kind in that country. The next year, Kutless returned to 11 cities in Ukraine as well as in Belarus, a communist country, where more than 100,000 heard the Gospel and over 40,000 commitments to Christ.

With their upcoming album ALPHA / OMEGA, Kutless has created a collection of rock and worship songs of both original and cover tracks that are true to who the band has been for the last 17 years. They wanted to create a project that would engage the Christian community and have the greatest impact. The songs are true to who the band is at their core – rock and worship. ALPHA / OMEGA features a new version of “Strong Tower” as well as the debut radio single “King of My Heart.”

 

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The Perfect Christmas Potpourri

 

Nothing is better than walking into a home that just simply smells like Christmas. I don’t know how exactly to describe that smell entirely, but it is just an amazing scent that makes you feel happy and warm, just like Christmas! Christmas makes you feel cheery and warm, and having this scent in your home will definitely make the Christmas experience that much better! Use the sense of smell is amazing because it can really add to the experience and I know it always makes me remember all the amazing times I had with my family as a little girl celebrating Christmas with my family! Use this amazing Christmas Potpourri to add to your guests holiday experience this year!

What you will need:

-The peel of One Orange

-1/2 Cup Cranberries

-A minimum of 3 Cinnamon sticks (I personally LOVE the scent of Cinnamon so I like to throw a couple extra in there to add to the scent)

-1 Tbsp of Nutmeg.

Directions:

-Simply boil a pot of water on your stove top, add in all of your ingredients and allow it to simmer for as long as you would like. The longer you allow this mix to simmer, the more the scent builds throughout your home. This mixture will resonate throughout your whole house and it will never have smelled better!

I cannot get over how absolutely amazing this scent combination is! I don’t know what it is, but this mixture just reminds me of the holidays and makes me feel so happy and cheerful, after all the holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year…you should feel this way! The mixture of the citrus smell from your orange, cranberries have always reminded of the holidays probably because we eat cranberry sauce during the holiday season, the cinnamon adds that signature spicy scent of Fall and Winter, and the nutmeg just helps kick that cinnamon into over drive and just add to that spicy scent that is so amazing during the holiday season. If you plan to have holiday guests over for dinner or to simply celebrate the holidays this year, prepare this mixture about an hour ahead of time and allow it to simmer, by the time they begin to arrive, they walk into an amazing scent wonderland! The holidays with family can tend to be a bit stressful, but I promise this scent throughout your home will make everyone feel happy!

5 Tips for making a Car Purchase

This is a sponsored post from Cars.com.

 

Who doesn’t love a brand new spankin car? I’ve bought a few in my lifetime and learned a few tips along the way. Buying a car and buying a house are one of the largest purchases you will make in your lifetime so making the right decision is so important. Check out my 5 tips for making a car purchase whether used or new.

 

 

 

Do your research- Knowledge is power in everything we do in life including buying a car. You can find out just about anything you want to know about a car online. Cars.com is a great place to start researching cars in your price range.The more you know the better you are able to negotiate when that time comes. Find out the invoice price, not the MSRP, you want to know what the dealer paid the manufacturer for the car.

 

Budget- Set a budget you know your monthly income and what you can afford don’t let a dealer talk you into a more expensive car. Remember you will be paying on this car for the next five or six years. You will also need to factor in gas, insurance, and maintenance.

 

Avoid Impulse Buying- Being very honest here I’ve done this, I saw a car I wanted I had my heart set on it and purchased it at night. I was not able to see the flaws in it when I bought it and after I drove it off the lot well they were not too eager to help me. Research the make, model and style of the car is this going to be something you will enjoy driving for years to come.

 

Negotiate terms- Stick to your guns. You’re looking for something that will suit you for years to come, the dealer wants to make money too. Don’t be afraid to walk away. Do everything you can to negotiate terms and knock down the purchase price. Use Cars.com price comparison tool you may find cash back, special financing offers that will sweeten the deal.

 

Test drive- It may be a cute car but is it comfy, does it handle well? Do the kids fit and have enough room for their sports equipment. Bring the whole family along after all this is a huge purchase and everyone needs to be involved.

In the end, buying a car is a major purchase, and it’s important to research each and every aspect of the process. Educate yourself so you can go into negotiations well-prepared to get the best deal possible on a new or used car.

 

 

Oriental Trading Spooky Halloween

THIS POST WAS SPONSORED BY ORIENTAL TRADING COMPANY. I RECEIVED PRODUCTS FROM THEM FOR MY HONEST OPINION.

 

When you work 12 hour days 7 days a week throwing a party for your kids becomes difficult. My plan was to throw a super spooky haunted house party for my girls but then I was deployed for a month and a half so all my planning kinda went out the window. So while I was gone serving the great state of Texas in #disasterrelief my box of fun came from Oriental Trading – I couldn’t wait to open it upon my return. I was able to throw a small party with the six of us because of time restraints.

 

 

Inside of my box came a spooky surprise. Paper Plates and matching cups, skulls, spooky candlesticks and more. We made Ghoul Juice and Pepperoni Spooky Pizzas and the girls thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Instead of me taking over the reigns and decorating I let them have fun and do it.

 

 

Oriental Trading is your one-stop shop this Halloween for fun toys, games, candy treats, crafts, party supplies and our Halloween costumes & accessories!

 

 

Oriental Trading has all your Halloween supplies from costumes to candy to decorations and freaky fun Halloween handouts if you prefer to stay away from the sweets. If spooky scary items are the way you go …. they have them too to make an awesome haunted house.

 

 

Trust me Oriental Trading is my go-to online shopping store for holidays and birthday parties they have EVERYTHING I need to make EVERYONE happy.

CUJO Bring Security to the Home Network

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.  

How often do you consider how secure your internet connection is? Many of us just hop online to pay our bills, check on friends and family through Facebook, and maybe watch a movie. But are you putting your information at risk?

 

We all know the importance of a firewall. With so many wonderful devices to choose from chances are you’re using a wireless device to connect to the internet most of the time. This can leave your device vulnerable to a number of viruses, hacks, and even malicious sites. That’s why I was excited to discover the CUJO SMART FIREWALL from Best Buy.

 

 

The CUJO SMART FIREWALL is basically antivirus protection for all your network devices. You don’t have to worry about your connection being slow either. The CUJO SMART FIREWALL features 1G ethernet capabilities to allow you to enjoy all the activities you do online without a lag.

 

 

As a mother, I obviously care about keeping my financial information safe. I also care about keeping all my family photos and personal information for my eyes only. However, the most important feature to me is the ability to keep my children safe when they’re online.

 

The CUJO SMART FIREWALL has amazing parental control capabilities. You can set parental controls for all the devices on your network. There’s an internet filter to block questionable sites. Social media sites can also be monitored so you can see exactly what your kids are posting. You even have the ability to set time limits and pause internet use. Best of all though, is that you can setup profiles for each person so that parents are not blocked from the sites they want to visit.

 

If you’re a parent, I highly recommend the CUJO SMART FIREWALL from Best Buy. Being able to keep our children safe when they’re online and also limit the amount of time they spend online makes internet use so much easier. With this firewall, you won’t have to babysit your children whenever they go online, which gives you more time and your children a better sense of independence.

Cue Vapor System E-Cigarette Review

This post is intended for an audience of adults age 21 and older

 

I’ve always wanted to make the switch to E-Cigarettes completely but I get frustrated with the process of filling, cleaning and maintaining my vape that I end up just setting it to the side and giving up. I was happy to find one that was finally my speed. The Cue Vapor Systems makes vaping simple. All you do is take it out of the box, choose a flavor, click it in place and VAPE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All you literally have to do is take it out of the box, insert a cartridge, and vape. As for the disposable pre-filled e-liquid cartridge, you can choose from different flavors and nicotine levels ranging from 0mg, 3mg and 6mg. The pre-filled, disposable E-Liquid flavors are made in the USA with the finest domestic and imported ingredients. With multiple flavors in five categories and three nicotine strengths, you’ll be able to find the right fit for whatever your mood.

 

 

 

My overall impression of the Cue Vapor System is favorable each cartridge lasting about a week. I love the selection of flavors and the website states there are more to come another win in my book. There is a convenient store locator I was surprised to find two located within 10 minutes of my home for added convenience.

 

If your looking for a simple, easy to use vape give the Cue Vapor System a try.

 

Not for sale to minors. California Proposition 65. Warning: this product can expose you to chemicals including nicotine, which is known to the state of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information, go to www.p65warnings.ca.gov. Warning: This product contains nicotine derived from tobacco Nicotine is an addictive chemical. Cue® the Cue Logo and Vaping. Made Simple.™ are trademarks of Digirettes, Inc

September 23rd Is National Declutter Day: How To Tackle The Clutter In Your Home, Room By Room

 

 

 

 

Everyone is talking about decluttering.  In fact, decluttering is so important it now has its own day: September 23rd is National DeClutter Day.  Why declutter? The answer is easy: Decluttering saves you time and saves you money. It also improves your health and happiness.  Being cluttered eats up a lot of time: Time looking for your keys, looking for the mail to pay the bills or trying to find an outfit to wear to work that day.  

 

And think about the real cost of clutter.  How about all the clothes in your closet with the tags still on them?  Or the pantry items you buy again and again cause you can’t find the mustard you bought the last time you went to the store?  And let’s talk what you are paying for off site storage spaces: $100 a month? $150 a month? It’s no wonder everyone is talking about decluttering!

 

Ahead of National DeClutter Day on September 23rd, there’s no better time to share some of my favorite tips to tackle the clutter room by room, and in turn, living a happier and healthier life:

 

 

  • Kitchen

 

      1. Tackle Tupperware (or all food storage).  Pull it all out and make sure every top has a bottom and every bottom has top.  If not … Out.
      2. Spices. Contrary to what my grandmother believed … spices do not last forever.  They eventually lose their flavor.  Ground spices 3-4 years and leafy spices 1-2 years.  And here’s a quick tip … write the year the spice was purchased on the lid.

 

  • Living Room

 

      1. Take a look around the room and see what items have homes they can be returned to.  Sometimes a quick returning of things to their proper homes will declutter a room in a very short time.
      2. Magazines.  The first item to make a room feel cluttered.  Last thing to be reread. Be honest about the time and interest you have and put magazines in the recycle bin.

 

  • Bathroom

 

      1. Start with under the bathroom sink.  That’s the first place to become a clutter catch all.  Cleaning products you longer use.  Out.  Bath toys the kids have outgrown? Out.   
      2. How about sunscreen?  It’s designed to last for 3 years but if it’s older than that, it loses it’s efficiency.

 

  • Bedroom

 

      1. Let’s declutter those nightstands.  Nothing gets the day off to a bad start than waking to a pile of clutter.  How many of those books stacked up there are you going to actually gonna read?
      2. We wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time.  So let’s get real about all the clothes spilling out of our closet.  Doesn’t fit?  Out.  Regret buying it and will never wear it? Out!

 

  • Garage

 

    1. Only 25% of American’s can park their cars in their garages.  Garages are the biggest offenders of clutter.  Let’s start with sports equipment.  Broken, worn out, no one plays that sport any more?  Out.
    2. Boxes of old paperwork?  Check with your tax advisor about what you really need to keep and shred the rest! If it’s a lot more than your little home shredder can held, consider calling a mobile shred company.

 


It is best to these projects up into manageable time chunks. Remember, Rome didn’t get cluttered in a day so it’s not going to get uncluttered in day. Use National Declutter Day as the day to kick off your decluttering.

 

Good luck!

 

By Tracy McCubbin, Founder, dClutterfly

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5 Fun Ways to Make Back to School Special

 

 

 

 

It’s time to put the dog days of summer behind and get your kiddo’s prepared for going to back to school.

Vacations are coming to an end but I’m looking forward to getting things back to normal and having a routine again (Shhhhh….don’t tell the kids!).

The school year approaching can be tough for them; they’re faced with new teachers, new classes and maybe even a new school.  I try to make back to school a little easier for them by making the day a special one and giving them all the attention they can handle!

Here are a few of my favorite ways to make back to school even more special:

Shopping! It doesn’t matter whether you’re a boy or girl investing in a new backpack, shoes or new supplies can boost their confidence and relieve some of the anxiety of the day. If you don’t overdo it spoiling them all the other days of the year I promise it’s not going to ruin them. Splurge a little, they’re worth it.

What better way to close out the summer than with a back to school bash! Book the local pool or keep it cheap by having a meet-up at the lake. Invite old friends and new classmates and give the kids an opportunity to get to know each other before the school year begins. Your child will be the life of the party and you’ll get a chance to know the children and parents they’ll be spending their time with this year; I assure you this will come in handy.

Crawl out of a bed a few minutes early and whip up a special breakfast that includes a few of their homemade favorites. They’ll start their morning off surrounded my love and attention and set the tone for a great day back to school. Don’t get your feelings hurt if they’re not interested in eating much, their stomach is probably doing flip-flops.

No back to school day would be complete without the milestone photo.  The teens dread it but will appreciate it much later in life. The truth is if you didn’t take the photo they’d probably feel slighted in some way; all the other parents are doing it. You’ll want to capture these memories to fall back on. Step up your photo game and make it super fun with these Awesome Photo Ideas for the First Day of School 

Even the brooding teenagers are excited and anxious to share their day with you. The best thing you can do for them is to be there waiting for them. Life still happens on the first day of school so it may not be an option but if at all possible, be home to greet them. Have a snack waiting and be prepared to listen and give them your full attention and a great big hug! Back to school is a wonderful opportunity to let them know how proud you are and share in their excitement of the day.

Let the afternoon chores go and simply take in the moment. Before you know it they’ll be graduating with cap and gown and you’re going to miss every bit of them going back to school. Seize the moment, seize the day and come out on top as Best Mom on the Planet; you’ve got this!

Awesome Photo Ideas for the First Day of School

 

 

Back to school has arrived once again and it’s time to capture that special moment, but if your kids are anything like mine, they’ll act completely annoyed and uncooperative for that first day of school photo while you’re desperately trying to make it happen.

How dare they! They can’t really expect that you’d miss this special day or that you’d be the only parent without a photo to share. You won’t be shamed on social media, no way, no how.

The best advice I can give you is to warn them, prepare them and most importantly make it fun. Skip doing what everyone else is doing and instead capture that first day of school moment in a fun, unique and creative way. You can start by checking out these awesome photo ideas perfect for the first day of school:

Becoming more popular this year, make a sign for them to hold. Chalkboards work great for this. While everyone else is noting their grade or today’s date take it up a notch by letting your kiddo choose a quote they like, even if it’s snarky it’ll be fun. Get your kiddo on board by letting them create their chalkboard masterpiece.

One of my favorite ideas is letting them hold up last year’s first day of school pic. It’s cute, fun and an easy way for everyone to see how much they’ve changed in a year’s time. They, too, will be surprised to see the side by side. It’s amazing how fast these kids grow up. Check out 5 Fun Ways to Make Back to School Special for some fun before the dreaded day ( depends on who you’re talking to ).

Props are always a good call. Nice props for back to school photos include books, globes, apples or even a library scene. If your child is into sports, clubs or other extracurricular activities choose props they can relate to. Include multiple items in the photo that tells a story about who your child is. Your baby is growing up; I promise you’ll want these memories to fall back on.

Have them strike a pose with mom and dad, their siblings or bestie; something that can be recreated year over year will be special, memorable and a whole lot of fun later on. You might have to nudge them, maybe even demand it but it’ll be worth all the trouble. And if all they do is pout you’ll have something to torture them with later on in life.

The school years will fly by and before you know it they’re off to college, having kids of their own and you’re taking trips down memory lane. Take the time to capture those moments, take the dang photo!

Back to School M&M Energy Bites

Back to school is almost as exhausting as summer break is. Clothes shopping, hair cuts, school supplies, all the wants needs and demands of four little girls. I need some quick energy in my life. Here is a great recipe for easy M&M Energy Bites for both mom, dad, and the kids that will give you some quick energy to get your day going.

You probably have all the ingredients in your cupboard now for this delicious snack.

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup M&Ms
1/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:

Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed.

Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least half an hour.
Once chilled, roll into balls.
Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
Makes about 20-25 balls.