Start a New Tradition with the Family Honor Plate

This sponsored conversation on The Family Honor Plate was written by me on behalf of Fly By Promotions, all opinions and text are my own.

 

The Family Honor Plate is a ceramic honor plate based on the Fruits of the Spirit found in the Bible under Galatians 5:22. To take those reminders a step further, the entire family can join in and create an honor plate. I chose to do this plate with 1 of my 4 children, as she struggles a lot with ADHD/ ODD. My daughter was so excited to paint this and learn more about the background of why. This plate represents who has made great choices, struggled with something and overcome. I especially love this plate because everyone can celebrate the child or person who has made great, loving choices that week.

The Family Honor plate comes with everything you need to create your own decorative plate.

 

Kendall started by ripping open the box, as she usually does with stuff that comes in the mail. She settled down more as I went thru and told her step by step what was needed to do to complete the plate. We wiped the plate down with alcohol to clean off any residue as instructed and began to set up.

 

 

Kendall and I talked thru the whole process of creating the Family Honor Plate about what it means to have self-control, showing kindness and being loving. Some of these things she really struggles with and the idea of this plate for her is wonderful. She needs recognition as we all do sometimes when we show great decision making.

 

 

Along with decorating the plate, we used the Table Thyme Discussion Cards and I. Communication is the key to building relationships and creating memories that last a lifetime! Having four daughters I need to know whats going on and make sure they are always open for conversation.

 

 

 

 

 

Table Thyme Discussion Cards

Enjoy more than a year’s worth of unique questions that will have your family sharing about everyday and unique topics, thoughts or memories that normally aren’t brought up or even thought about. Your family will learn how to articulate and share special memories, learn how to voice their opinion, and for some – how to even have an opinion. Every question is followed up with “Why?” to take your answer to a deeper level. That’s where the magic is. So now when asked…”What is your favorite dessert?” Rather than someone’s simple answer of “Apple Pie”, the whole family gets to walk down memory lane because of the answer to “Why?” is it reminds them of Grandma Smith who always made apple pies with them when they came to visit. Her house always smelled of fresh baked pies when you walked in the door. This opens up the unique memories of everyone in the family. Each member will get to enjoy a walk down memory lane with Grandma Smith. With this one simple question, the family has reached a new level of intimacy while bringing memories and the love for one another to life. And that was just one person’s favorite dessert. Wonder what the next person’s favorite dessert is and Why? Sharing, listening and genuine laughter cultivates connection and stronger relationships within your family. You may not remember what you made for dinner some of these nights, but there will be conversations that you will never forget.

 

 

 

How do you celebrate when your child makes great choices?

Get creative with Sweetlings

This sponsored conversation on Sweetlings was written by me on behalf of Alex Brands. I was also sent the Sweetlings to use for this post, all opinions and text are my own.

 

 

As a parent, I’m always looking for toys that inspire creativity in my girls. I want my kids to do more than sit in front of the TV – I want them to do activities that engage the mind. When I saw Sweetlings, I knew it was the perfect toy for my children.

 

 

Sweetlings are cute characters that your kid’s design using whipped clay and accessories. There are different characters to choose from and each character is made to resemble a sweet treat. For my girls, I chose RAINBOW SPRINKlING, which resembles a donut. The kit includes everything needed to make the character. You get the whipped clay, plastic sprinkles, glitter, stickers, arms, a decorative background, and more. You also get tweezers and instructions. You can also purchase additional accessories.

 

 

What makes this such a great toy is how much creativity it allows. While each Sweetling does come with instructions, you can let your children do their own thing to create the character the way they want to. Best of all, it’s something your kids can display and play with. It’s like making their own doll or action figure. Plus, Sweetlings are a whimsical toy that any child with a sweet tooth is sure to love.

 

 

 

 

Of course, the price tag doesn’t hurt either. Sweetlings can be purchased at Amazon, Toys-R-Us, and Target for only $9.99 for each character. This makes the toy super affordable and what parent doesn’t want to save money? If you have more than one child or want to buy more than one Sweetling, you can get the Sweetlings Sprinkle Shop for only $24.99 and create three characters. If this is the type of toy your children would absolutely love, you’ll definitely want to grab this deal.

 

 

 

Sweetlings are such a fun concept and sure to be a hit with children of all ages. If your children love to craft and play, you can’t go wrong with this toy. Click on the banner below to check out all of the Sweetlings and to watch some videos. You can also find out which retailers near you carry Sweetlings!

 

Its Cold and Flu Season are you prepared ?

The kids are back in school and that means homework and super busy schedules. It also means that Cold and Flu Season is right around the corner. Those tiny little hands love to explore and touch everything in sight and with that comes germs.

 

 

 

 

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year.” They also provide a list of individuals who should be prioritized for vaccination including: “Children aged 6 months through 4 years; People aged 50 years and older; Women who are or will be pregnant during the influenza season; […] and Healthcare personnel …”  

While vaccines may not be 100% effective, they can reduce your risk of flu-related hospitalizations, make the illness less severe if you do come down with it, and serve as a preventative tool for those who have chronic health conditions. Additionally—and perhaps more importantly—the CDC emphasizes that getting your flu shot “also protects people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness.”

 

Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

 

 

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These 1fl oz travel sized bottles are great on the go! I clip one to my purse, one in the car, the kid’s backpacks. Convenient, portable on the go hand sanitizer.


On the Go:

  • On your backpack
  • In the car
  • On the stroller
  • On your Keychain
  • And, More!

 

 

 

 

 

What are your tips for Cold & Flu Season? Find all these great products at Shoplet.

 

 

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.”

 

Enter to win your own copy on the widget below. Good Luck.

 

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.

 

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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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