Born to be Mama

I have followed Melanie on social media now for awhile.  We met through social media and still continue to interact from time to time.  When I heard that Melanie was starting her own line featuring these fun shirts, I knew I needed in on the gig.  She posted that she was looking for reps to start sharing her line and I immediately jumped on the wagon and purchased a shirt.

These born to be mama shirts are super comfy and fit perfect. I absolutely love my shirt and the colors are perfect.

The easy part was over, the hard part was just starting. I had to take a picture of the shirt with my kiddos … at least that is how I wanted to take the picture to show off the shirt.  Here are the results:

Trying to get three kiddos to look at the camera and smile at the same time is rough.  It rarely happens so this is what I get and I wouldn’t change it for the world.  One day they will all smile perfect for pictures when we say to and I will want those days back where we are all laughing at how silly and stubborn they were all being.

If you’d like to purchase a shirt or see her new line you can check it out HERE. The quality of these shirts are amazing!!

Mel

Poppy Voxbox

It has been awhile since I received a #Voxbox from Influenster, so I was pretty excited when I received the email saying I was in for the PoppyVoxBox!   Here are the contents of my box. ** I received all these products from Influenster and all opinions are my own.

 

This product is new to me.  I have heard all the craze about dry shampoos but have never used them.  I am still trying this product out to see if I notice a true difference.  I can say that it smells amazing!

I tried this product out and liked it.  I have sensitive skin and had heard some reviews that it was rough, however, I did not have that experience.  It went on a little rough as the texture is rough but it did not irritate my skin like I was expecting and it made my skin feel amazing afterwards.

Loved this gloss.  It looked super pink when I pulled the plunger out, however, when I put it on it was a light tent and felt good on my lips.

This lotion is amazing.  I hate getting out of the shower, especially after I shave and my legs immediately getting super dry if I don’t put lotion on.  This is an easy simple step while still in the shower and then I don’t get that dryness when I get out of the shower.  Loved this product.

Ok so I secretly love doing things like this to see if I notice a different from actually going to get a mani/pedi.  This one was super easy to use, slipped them right on, relaxed for 15-20 minutes and then rubbed in the extra still on my feet.  My feet felt amazing and smooth afterwards, however, it didn’t get all my rough spots out like it would have if I went to get a mani/pedi but my feet were super soft so that’s a plus!

Have you tried any of these products before? What did you think of them? What were your favorites?

Mel

April Reads

I am bringing you my April reads today.  This month was a little slower for me as we started soccer and softball so 6 out of 7 nights a week I am at a park for one or the other.  I do feel like the books I read this month although there were only a few, they had a much deeper meaning.

The Sun is also a Star

I heard good things about this book and really wanted to try it out.  The writer really draws you in by thinking you know what is going to happen and then the total opposite happening.  It was a really good read on how God has a plan and timing for everything and that you will always be at the right place at the right time.  I wish the book was a little longer or am hoping for a 2nd book because the ending was not my favorite.

The Magic of Motherhood

I absolutely LOVED this book.  Motherhood is hard, I mean really hard.  There are days where it is my favorite thing in the world, my kids get along, and I want 5 more kids.  Then there are days where I question my sanity and what I was thinking having 3 kids.  This book is filled with short little stories pertaining to many different aspects of motherhood, from loss to joy to dealing with hard topics.  Each story in the book is very relatable and you feel like you are BFFs with all the mommas who wrote in this book. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who has struggles with motherhood or who knows that being a mother isn’t easy.

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Only Love Today

Only love today is another easy to read book.  It is filled with short little excerpts which consist of 1-2 pages where there is something to look forward to or work on each day.  The stories can very easily tie into your life and make you think about things that you go through within life. The only thing I didn’t quite like in the book was that I am not a fan of paragraphs that have repeating beginning phrases, for example I am …. I am …. I am …. I feel like you could say I am and then list the words, it doesn’t need to be the same phrase used over and over and I felt that this book used that quite often.

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Time Keeper

Have you ever read a book that really makes you stop and think?  I mean really with what you are doing in your life.  I definitely have times in my life where I think about what I could have done differently or is there a time in my life that I wish I could “do over” or go back and change?  There are definitely moments that I wish I could take back but then when I sit and think about it, I don’t because that situation has made me stronger as a person or it has made one of my relationships in my life stronger.  The Time Keeper is definitely a good book where you are hanging on by a thread and you want to just shake the people in the book and you are cheering for them throughout the whole book. I am a huge Mitch Albom fan and he did not disappoint with this one.

What did you read this month?

Mel

The Hounds

A little while ago my cousin told us about her brothers new company, The Hounds.  I was happy for Adam and excited to support him in any way that I could. I have always talked about how I have such a giving heart.  I feel that I am always trying to help someone, whether they be in need or just need a little extra love, I am always wanting to help anyone out.  Adam’s company is another way to help those in need. If you are interested in purchasing you can do so here.

“How It Works

That’s where you come in. For every shirt purchased, The Hounds will provide a school uniform to a child in need. The uniforms are distributed via local nonprofits already working in communities across the country. Our pilot partner is the organization, Inner City Impact (ICI). ICI was established over 40 years ago and maintains ties within the communities they serve. Located on the westside of Chicago, it provides kids across the city with tutoring, mentoring, after-school programs, and sleepaway camps just to name a few. Many families rely upon ICI to be a helping hand as they seek to raise their kids well.

Every shirt you purchase provides a child with a school uniform. The process is simple.

 

You SHOP for your size and color. Once you make a PURCHASE, The Hounds ships your order directly to you. Afterwards a uniform DONATION is made to local partner organizations so that a child receives a much needed uniform.”

 

 

 

“Our Story

The Hounds Ltd is a happy collision of founder Adam Muncy’s love of fashion and philanthropy. His background working with inner city youth birthed in him a desire to help the underserved. This time left an impression on him over the years. And he mulled over creative ways to walk alongside those breaking out of the poverty cycle. Out of these ruminations, The Hounds was created.

The Hounds combines Adam’s love of fashion with helping kids. Its mission is to provide school uniforms to underprivileged kids for every oxford shirt purchased. For the economically challenged, school uniforms can be a financial burden that’s hard to overcome. Education is a vital necessity in a child’s life. It provides a world of opportunity to a child seeking to break out of poverty. And many schools require uniforms for each student. When thinking of ways to help, Adam had conversations with nonprofits who consistently mentioned the need to help families with school uniforms. These uniforms have been shown to reduce bullying, help students focus on school and build school pride.”

I am so proud of Adam for pursuing his dreams and trying to make the world a better place, one shirt/uniform at a time.  I know he would appreciate all the support anyone would like to give him.

Mel

March Reads

Today I am bringing you March reads.  I also have plans for some major blogging coming up as well.

50 Ways to Yay
What is not to love about this book.  I love doing self-help books or books that make me learn and grow as  a person.  50 Ways to Yay! did just that.  I sat down with this book and learned so much about myself and the things I need to work on that I am ready to put a plan in to action and better myself for the good. Whether that means weeding somethings out or to continue some positive things I do.  There were 50 things that I set out to accomplish and with each day I can truly say I grew as a person.

We Stood Upon Stars
Do you ever find a book that you just pick up to see what it’s about and then as you read it feel your whole life change?  That is what We Stood Upon Stars did.  I honestly had to pick a book and this was the one that appealed to me the most.  After starting to read it, I couldn’t out it down. I truly enjoyed it, cover to cover.  The book is written by a dad who takes his kids traveling or adventures that he has taken throughout his life.  These adventures he took not only were fun and adventurous for him but he learned life lessons along the way.  I was just talking with Matt the other day saying, I wish we had more money so we could travel with our kids more and let them explore and see other cities.  We decided that we could still do that just on a smaller scale.  We plan to start taking adventure and camping and see different parts of the world even if they are still in our home state.  The learning and love come from the adventure you take, being with friends or family, and just enjoying what God created for us.  This book was by far one of the best reads I have had in a long time.
**“I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.”

OTHER BOOKS I READ:

  • Winter Storms
  • Accidentally Engaged
  • Snow Country – you can see a full review here
  • What we Find
  • Open your Bible – Bible study
  • Magnolia Journal – spring edition

What did you read this month? Any book recommendations?

Mel

Snow Country

I love getting books to review for authors.  I was contacted by an author to review her book, Snow Country and immediately said yes to it.  I received the book awhile ago and with having the baby, I am just now getting around to posting a proper review for her.

Kristin definitely has a way with words.  When I am asked to review a book, I am always uneasy about it, especially if it is a book that I cannot just get into (which does happen).  That was definitely not the case with Kristin’s book.  I immediately fell in love with the characters and wanted to know more about their lives. While some parts of the book were predictable it didn’t turn me away from the book.  I was anxious for those parts to happen but when they did I was blown away by how.  It didn’t happen in a way that I would have ever seen coming.

The story has real life situations that people deal with. Snow storms, driving cross-country, taking care of sick family members, falling in love, past situations rearing their heads.  All these things happen to people on a daily basis and in this book it is no different.  You will feel all sorts of emotions throughout the whole book. In my opinion that is what makes a good book. When you fall in love with the characters, when you laugh when they do or cry when they do and mourn when characters leave the book.

The plot of the story was one that I could picture myself in, it made a little escape for the everyday life.  Kristin has a knack for story telling and when the book ended I was not disappointed.  I loved everything from start to finish, I couldn’t put the book down.  I am ready for the 2nd book coming out this summer.

If you are interested in purchasing the book you can do so here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I absolutely adore these little Thank You, God books.  We have several of them in our house and I love adding to them.  These books are simple yet show you a true love for the family members around you.  Our kids are very close to their grandmas and grandpas on both sides and they love reading these books and saying hey grandma/grandpa does do that for us.  It is amazing to see their eyes light up when they read this books and can honestly make a connection between the book and real life.  My girls love reading these books to their little brother!

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Mel

January Reads

Hello ….

I am so excited to bring you the books I read this past month.  Things are starting to get back in a natural flow around the house so I am having set reading times while little man is sleeping.  I found a new series of books that I absolutely love, and if you are a Disney fan I think you will enjoy them as well!

God Made You Nose to Toes

This book was so cute.  I love getting new children’s books from Booklook Blogger, especially now that Trevor is little and just not enjoying when we read to him.  I love the way this book is laid out.  Each is a two page spread with a rhyme about a body part and what it is used for.  “God made many sounds that he wants you to hear, so on each side of your head he planted an ear.”  They are super cute and fun and easy to read as well.  I would definitely recommend this book. It is adorable.

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

After the Cheering Stops

This book was definitely a good read.  When you watch professional sports on the TV, their lives seem super easy.  We think they get paid big bucks to play a game and their life is super easy and rich.  This book gives you a totally different perspective of how the game is not always fun and games and as easy as we think.  They have hard times just as we do and things aren’t always a 10 on their end either.  Cyndy Feasel went through a lot in her time married to Grant Feasel and had to endure a lot of pain, however, she stood by his side and really worked at her life in general.  It was a nice break to see how things aren’t always what they seem and how even though they are professional athletes they go through trials and tribulations just as we do.

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Bloom

Oh be still my heart.  What a lovely, heart-felt story that any and every one needs to read.  We always have a set plan, ways we want to do things, and then WHOOSH it doesn’t happen as planned.  As Kelle learned when she went to give birth to her second child that wound up having Down Syndrome.  This book and story is such a great one.  It shows you how you can learn and grow from everything you are given.  It shows that it is ok to be mad and upset and then get over yourself.  It shows how to love no matter what and how kids can really teach us the important things in life.  I highly recommend this book!!

Allegiant

Yes, it took me this long to finally finish the series and I can say that I was a little disappointed.  I thought this book started out very slow and although it picked up towards the end I was disappointed with the final book in general.

…. ok so this new series is one I found that I love.  I read both of these books in a day and have been hooked on them.  There are only 3 to the series right now but they are all well written.  The stories are about Disney villains and how they became the way they are in their respected movies/stories. I won’t go into detail of the stories because I am sure that you all know the general story of each of these characters.  I have read the Beast and Ursula’s story.  I still have Maleficent and will be reading it hopefully this month!

The Beast Within
Poor Unfortunate Soul
Fairest of All

Alright … that was it for the month. What did you read this month? Any good recommendations?

Mel

Devotional Review

SO this past few months have just been crazy busy.  I feel like I have had no time to sit down and just think, but that is what happens when you have a 6 month old at home who is eating every 2 hours still … geesh!

Anyway, I wanted to stop by today and share a new devotional that I started.

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The title of this devotional caught my eye and I knew I wanted to get the book and see where it takes me.  I have had this devotional for about a month now but wanted to start it in the new year.  We are on day 5 now and I couldn’t love this book anymore.  The entries vary with John sharing personal stories in his life and how he used leadership and the other days tying everyday leadership ideas with the Bible and how they used those same concepts.

I love seeing how it all ties to the Bible.  How we do certain things yet when we think about it David was the first person to ever to this leadership style, etc.  I am really enjoying this devotional and would highly recommend picking it up.

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Mel

September Reads

This month has been crazy and went super fast in my opinion.  I wound up having another surgery and didn’t really get around to reading like I wanted to this month.

I read two books but am in the middle of two as well.

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This kids devotional Bible is pretty neat.  I originally chose the book to help the girls with harder, more intense reading of the Bible and concepts.  When I got the book it was perfect for what I was looking for.  You open the Bible and read a page or so of text and then it is followed by a devotional.  The girls are still doing toddler/preschool devotionals and they are getting older and starting to ask more questions so I thought it was time to amp up their reading and make it a little more “noteworthy.”  After receiving the book and going through it, I realized that I myself would love to work through the book as well.  It still is a little intense for them, so we are working through it little by little but I cannot wait to see what they do with the knowledge they will gain.

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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OH Play with Fire how you speak to my heart.  I love a good read but what I love more about this book is Bianca’s heart.  I have followed Bianca and her twin sister Jasmine on social media for a while now.  When I heard that Bianca was writing a book I knew I wanted to grab it right away.  This book will speak to anyone’s heart.  It shows of a time and way to keep the faith.  Things didn’t always go the way Bianca wanted them to go, she went through easy times as well as rough times.  The one thing that never changed was her love for her family and the faith she had nestled inside her heart.  Even in the worst of times her parents showed her how to put faith first. They showed her that if she did this he would answer prayers and watch over them.

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

What did you read this month?

Mel

August Reads

Today I am bringing you my August Reads.  I have to say this month was rather slow with reading.  We were all over the place trying to get Trevor on a schedule and preparing the girls for back to school.  Needless to say, I haven’t had much down time to read but I did get 3 books in this month :).

  • Present over Perfect
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    I love, love, loved everything about this book.  I am definitely a huge fan of Shauna Niequest and her writing.  I own every single one of her books and true to order I couldn’t put this one down.  I love how she can take her life situations and make you feel welcome and invited to whatever is going on in your life.   These situations are not always fun or what we expect but we learn and grow from each of those situations. She takes her raw life and shows us that even her, a famous writer, has hard times.  She isn’t always 100% on board or gung-ho about what is going on in her life.  She like everyone else needs to take breaks and refocus on what is truly important in this life. She takes time when she needs it and focuses on her writing as she sees fit.  It is nice to see that we aren’t alone in this world and that priorities can slip from anyone in this world whatever you do, famous or not.

    **Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  • Uninvited
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    hmmm what can I say about this book.  I also love Lysa’s writing.  I love how she can captivate an audience with a few line starting her book out.  I love how down to Earth she seems and how she isn’t afraid to share what she has been through.  We have all had those moments where we haven’t been invited to something, been turned down for a job, been told no, etc. Those are all moments we have felt unwanted, unneeded, unappreciated, however, even in those moments God still needs us.  We are still a part of his plan and have a mission set in front of us.  Lysa turns her negatives into positives throughout this whole book.  She shows you how you can make the most of all those bad or negative situations in which we sometimes get put in.  She shows how to stay positive and not get down or turn away from those NOs. I now have a new outlook on how I will take those rejections, go with the flow, learn, and grow for next time.

    **Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  • First Comes Love
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    ok so I love Emily Giffin and her writing.  I seriously can read her books from start to finish in one day if given enough alone time.  I love how she can draw me in right from the beginning.  I always feel like I am one of her characters or a part of this book and I am sitting at the table or in the store shopping with them side by side.  This book left me a little short and disappointed though.  I always love her writing and her books and this one was no different, however, I hated the ending.  I don’t want to spoil the ending for those of you who have not read the book but I wanted so much more.  I wanted to know more about the way things wound up with each sister.  The book is about a family who loses a son in a car accident, then his sisters who are complete opposites grow up and have to learn to cope and deal with things head on.  It has a great message on how love should always come first and how everything all boils down to love!  It was a great book I just wanted more.

Mel