Be The First Of The Three Little Pigs To Build A Brick House

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by U.S. Family Guide & Tatic Games. I will receive a free 3 Little Pigs Board Game in exchange for my honest review. 

Help the three little pigs on their adventures as they build their houses and hope to avoid the huffing and puffing, Big Bad Wolf, just like in the well-known fairytale. The 3 Little Pigs game combines skill and a dash of luck. Kids will love the soft and squeezable Big, Bad Wolf that actually huffs and puffs the pig's houses down!

*My Review*
I recently received this 3D board game shortly before Thanksgiving. The day that it arrived I had three sick kids(lovely upper respiratory infection) & the two younger ones were bored, but didn't have their usual energy to, we sat on the floor and played a quick game which took about 15 mins.

The  game comes with the following;
 One(1) die & sticker sheet to put on the die, 
Three(3) straw houses, 
Three(3) wood house, 
one(1) brick house 
Three(3) plastic stands. 
One(1) Squeezable big bad wolf(that can "huff & puff")

The objective of this game is to be the first to build your brick house! The youngest player rolls first(turn order goes from youngest to oldest). You need to roll a pig or straw house first, then you you need to roll stick & brick in order to win. All the while trying to avoid having you house "blown" down by the big bad wolf, but wanting to roll the wolf yourself so you can blow down the other player's houses sending them back to the starting point.

This is an adorable game for children ages 4+. I really enjoyed playing with them while we talked about what we were going to do when they felt better. This would make a great Christmas gift for the special child(ren) in your life!

Now Available at Amazon

And Walmart

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Pokemon Go | The Emotional & Physical Benefits I've Experienced While Using The App!

I know I'm a little late on posting about this as I'm sure everyone has heard of the newest craze that has been sweeping across the country.  Most people don't know this about me, but I have extreme general & social anxiety. I'm fine around friends and family, mostly.

Before Pokemon Go, we could go out to a mall or to a store to shop and I would get dizzy, and feel the need to flee wherever it is we were at. Since playing Pokemon Go, I've been able to get out more, and actually enjoy it. I'm not saying that I don't have anxiety attack....I'm saying that they aren't *as bad*, but there are times when I cannot leave my house.

Also, since playing Pokemon Go...I've lost over 30 lbs! When we first started playing, we would go to parks and just walk. We would take the camelbak(water bottle) and just walk for hours. We've traveled to places that we would not have gone to if not for this app. 

Another perk of playing Pokemon Go is that we've met new people that we wouldn't have otherwise met. One night we were out and about in one of our old stomping grounds & my husband & I(both on the same team) were sitting in our car battling a gym. We took the gym over and almost immediately the guys we were battling took it back. My husband got out of the car and went to sit on the bench that was nearby. We saw the guys look up and my husband just waved, they laughed and waved back as we took the gym back for the 2nd time. The guys then signaled that they were done and gave a "thumbs up" before driving away. 

We may meet people from the other two groups, but we really have no issues with the other teams as long as they stay friendly. There is no reason to get's a game. It's meant to be fun. Below I will leave me with a few screenshots from my app! 

My 100% Gyrados! This bad boy took FOREVER to find and evolve. The reason I have named it "100%" is so that I know which one it is and I don't accidentally transfer it.  

Have you heard of the Eevee "trick"? You rename an Eevee "Rainer" and you get Vaporeon. Rename one "Sparky" to get Jolteon, & one "Pyro" to get Flareon. Be warned that you can only do this twice for each Eeveeloution.

Do you play Pokemon Go? Why or why not?

Keep your kids safe with OurPact Parental Control iOS(and non-iOS) Devices

Do you have a pre-teen or teen who has their own cell phone. Perhaps your pre-teen or teen has been asking for a phone of their own, but you worry about their safety. Well, I'm here to share this app I've been using for over a year now & I love it! It's called "OurPact". Have you ever heard of it before?

My husband and I decided to give my oldest daughter her own cell phone when she was almost 12(she is now 13) because we wanted to be able to call her while she is out of state, as well as her to text and call her friends in different parts of the U.S & our family back home in Louisiana. I made a post about giving her a cell phone.

Before we even went to the AT&T store to get my daughters phone, I had been researching Parental Control apps. OurPact was the one that I decided to go with. It was free at the time I signed up for it. I'm not sure if it's still free or if they have started charging new members a small monthly fee.

OurPact is super easy to set up! Once you have it downloaded on the parent's phone, you follow the prompts and go to a webpage on the child's phone & enter the following info;

  • Your email & password, 
  • Put in your child's name(or nickname), 
  • Select "Pair",
  • Select "install"(enter a 4-digit 20 entry code, if prompted),
  • Select "install" & "trust"
  • Select "done" & enjoy management!

Once everything is installed on the device(s) you are wanting to be able to remotely control from your phone/ipad/computer you can choose to set a schedule(or schedules), grant access, or block access.

To set a schedule, click on "Schedule" & then enter the name of the schedule that you want(ie: bedtime, school, chores etc) click on the time you want the blocking to start & end, then you click on the day(s) you want that certain schedule to be active. For the example photo above(first photo in the three(3) photo collage) I set the blocking time to start at 9:30 pm and end at 8:20 am on Sunday-Thursday & it will reoccur weekly(as long as that option is ticked).

When you want to "Grant", you click that option & a small popup window will appear and ask you how long you want to grant access for. It starts at "Until I say so" and goes all the way until "midnight". This option is good for when you want to grant access for a short amount of time, such as after the child does school work, or after chores are completed. I usually grant 15 mins after lunch, & for each chore my daughter completes without being reminded to do so...but no longer than 30 mins at a time.

To block access for a certain amount of time(choices are the same as when you "grant"), click "block" and then however long you want you block access for. Your child will not have access to ANYTHING other than text messages & the option to use the phone to call someone. The apps, photos, camera, internet browser will all be gone until you "grant" access again.

That's about it as far as info on OurPact! If you ever want to logout for whatever reason, you simply click the little "power" button in the upper right hand corner and click "logout"

Have you ever heard of OurPact? Do you use it? If not, do you have another parental control app that works better than OurPact? Leave a comment below letting me know! I would love to hear from you.

Amelia Rhodes’ ‘Pray A to Z’ Guide to Prayer Prize Pack

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Whether you are praying for a friend’s adoption journey, a neighbor’s bankruptcy, or a family member’s cancer, this book will give you Bible verses, prayer prompts, and prayer starts to guide you through praying for even the most difficult issues that affect the people you know and love. Perfect for either individual or group prayer, Pray A to Z will help you experience the peace that comes from communicating with God.

Learn more about Pray A to Z and how to pray for your community, and enter to win Amelia's Guide to Prayer Prize Pack to get you started.


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The Insider’s Look At The Most Delicious Eateries In The Fabulous London, England

I received a copy of this book free from to review. I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.

From an award-winning food writer comes this intimate portrait of London--the global epicenter of cuisine--with 100 recipes from the city's best restaurants, dessert boutiques, tea and coffee houses, cocktail lounges, and hole-in-the-wall gems--all lovingly adapted for the home kitchen.

Once known for its watery potatoes, stringy mutton, and grayed vegetables, London is now considered to be the most vibrant city on the global food map. The London Cookbook  reflects the contemporary energy and culinary rebirth of this lively, hip, sophisticated, and very international city. It is a love letter to the city and an insider's guide to its most delicious haunts, as well as a highly curated and tested collection of the city's best recipes. This timeless book explores London's incredibly diverse cuisine through an eclectic mix of dishes, from The Cinnamon Club's Seared Aubergine Steaks with Sesame and Tamarind to the River Cafe's Tagliatelle with Lemon, and from Tramshed's Indian Rock Chicken Curry to Nopi's Sage and Cardamom Gin. Striking the perfect balance between armchair travel and approachable home cooking, The London Cookbook is both a resource and keepsake, a book as much for the well-travelled cook as for the dreaming novice.

*My Review*
In "The London Cookbook" readers recieve an insider’s look at the most delicious eateries in the fabulous world city of London, England! Author Aleksandra Crapanzano offers all of this and so much more this and so much more! This book is more than just a cookbook, this is a travelogue and history lesson that showcases all of the modern amenities and unequaled legacy of London. Included in the book are GORGEOUS color photos and helpful tips, & juicy tidbits. 

Faith over fear. Patience over frustration. Pain with a purpose.

I received a copy of this book free to review. I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.

In Miscarried Joy, Tanika transparently shares her deeply personal and disappointing experiences of losing her babies due to miscarriage. There were times when she felt God was the cause of her pain. However, her journey through the lives of Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, Hannah, Elizabeth and Naomi, revealed quite the opposite---God had allowed her pain for a much greater purpose. Each of these women had something in common: they learned to surrender their will and trust God's plan beyond the pain. They were pushed to a posture of prayer that led them from questioning God to have total confidence in Him. Tanika discovered that this season of waiting didn't show up simply to challenge her, but to change her.

With biblical depth, heart-filled transparency and a voice of passion, you will:

-Understand God's heart in the midst of incredible pain
-Discover the importance of trusting God's plan over your own
-Arm yourself with the strength to let go of bitterness and comparison to appreciate the beauty of your story
-Learn and implement spiritual principles and strategies to walk boldly in faith
-Embrace God's delay and birth contentment in your season of waiting
What have you miscarried? What purpose have you had difficulty conceiving? Is it a calling you fear steppinginto? A vision that has not yet come to pass? Miscarried Joyhas something for anyone who needs help pushing through incredible pain to conquer discouragement, walk in faith and birth their purpose. God's delay in your life could be a set up for your greatest calling to be fulfilled.

Purchase a copy:

*My Review*
Tanika transparently opens up to those who have suffered from the loss of miscarriage as she has in such a loving, Christ-centered way that will help her readers on the path of healing and restoration. I am so grateful to her for sharing her journey. 

Miscarried Joy is extremely helpful for those of us who have suffered miscarriages and those who deal with infertility. Tanika not only shares her personal journey but encourages her readers to lean on the one who can make beauty rise from the ashes of despair. I will be gifting this book to our church library so that others who have experienced loss,may find healing in its biblical encouragement

*My Story *
I have experienced three miscarriages in the past. I have never shared this with anyone other than my husband, not because I didn't grieve the loss of those babies...but because it was such a personal time & it wasn't something we felt led to share at the time. Today, I am now finally ready to talk about my experience with my readers.

My first miscarriage in happened when my oldest daughter(13) was just three(3) months old. It was sometime in Jan 2004, my daughter's biological father & I were living in the town my daughter was born in. I remember this night quite vividly, my "little sister" was spending the night with us & I felt sick to my stomach & that's when I realized what had happened. I hadn't yet taken a test, but I knew I was pregnant. 

The second one happened around Dec 2008. My husband & I were newly married. I lived in NC & he was in Texas preparing to leave for basic training(march 2009). Before he left, I flew out to Dallas to see him. We spent an amazing 10 days together. We did a lot of walking during the last few days of my trip there & then I flew home to NC & then a few days later he flew out to NC to spend time with myself, mom & daughter. Somewhere between the time I got home from Texas & the time he came to Nc...I had fallen an had broken toes 3,4 & 5 on my right foot...while also dislocating toe 4(don't ask, that's another post on its own). Anyway, the dr said that the trauma from the injury caused so much stress that it led me to lose the baby. I HAD taken a test and knew I was about 6-8 weeks along, but I wanted to surprise my husband when he arrived in NC with some sort of cute announcement. 

I saw my husband again in February 2009(a month before finally shipping off to basic) and in April I found out I was expecting again! When I was allowed to talk to him on the phone, I couldn't keep it a secret & had to tell him. He was so excited, that he yelled out to the guys that he was going to be a daddy(though he already said he was a "daddy" & treats my oldest as if she were his own flesh & blood, this baby was his first biological child). This baby would turn out to be my middle daughter, who just turned 7 in Nov.

The final miscarriage was after my husband returned from deployment in October 2010. My oldest was 7 & my middle daughter was 10 months old. I remember being scared when I found out I was pregnant again, yet excited at the thought of the new life that was growing inside of me. My husband & I wanted to wait until we were out of the first trimester to tell our friends & family. Around six weeks, I started to experience the same symptoms I had in my previous miscarriages. I went to the dr expecting to be told I lost the baby & was preparing myself for yet another loss...but to my surprise...I was still pregnant! The dr said it was likely that we could have been having twins & lost one, or I was experiencing bleeding like some women do while pregnant. All I know is that I delivered an almost 9lb(8.13 to be exact) baby girl after 72 hrs of excruciating pain, & during the last 8 hrs i felt everything due to the epidural wearing off. 

After the birth of my youngest, the dr had a "heart to heart" with me & told me that he did not recommend me becoming pregnant in the future, due to the difficulty I had experienced in the past. 

About the author:

Tanika Fitzgerald is a lover of Christ, a wife to her husband, Maurice, a loving daughter and sister. She is passionate about equipping women to grow spiritually, live balanced lives and helping them to be ARMED for victory in every area of life. Tanika has been called to minister to others through her passion and gift of writing to inspire women all over the globe. She is also the visionary behind ARMED Magazine---a publication created to "Spiritually Equip for you Victory in Battle." Her inspirational writing has been featured in numerous publications including Hope for Women MagazineBlack and Married with Kids, and more. Tanika has also interviewed powerful voices in the Christian community, including Lady Serita Jakes, Sheryl Brady, Charles Jenkins, Earnest Pugh, and more! Tanika is a woman who is passionate about her relationship with Jesus Christ, family, giving to others, laughter, having fun, and enjoying every moment that life brings!

{{Crafts}} How to make a Stork Bundle

While going through my old notes, I found this little gem from 2009. Please excuse the pictures, I had a horrible camera & didn't know how to take proper photos. I will be making a new one soon and will have better photos.
Have you ever made a stork bundle? 
Items needed:
15 size one diapers(i use pampers swaddlers, or luvs)
1 36x36 fleece blanket(they are about $6 each)
1 9 oz bottle($1-$2)
1 pacifier($1)
3 baby washcloths(about $5 for a pack of six)
1 Bib($1)
1 Brush & comb set($1)
(see below)
You also will need those small black or clear rubber bands to keep the diapers
rolled, and you will need like the curling ribbon, you can get it at walmart or a craft

I add the bottle & washcloths in the middle of all those diapers
take the blanket & lay it out flat

then take one end of the blanket(longways) fold it to about the middle of the blanket

then take the other end and bring it to the end of the blanket, then fold that in half,
set that aside
To keep them rolled I usually use some of those small black or clear rubber bands
you can get them at the dollar tree or walmart for pretty cheap.

Rolls the diapers...

after you roll the diapers place five in the center of the folded blanket, then place four on top of those, then three then two, then finally the one.

It should look like this when you are finished placing the diapers.

You should probably have someone to help you with this next
part, I usually get my 5 yr old to help me(she LOVES helping).

you bring both sides of the blanket up over the
diapers, and tie it off with some ribbon to match the color/theme
(it will look much neater after it's tied)

When you are done tying it together, it should look like this.

Now comes my FAV part!!! :-D Heres where you place the goodies in the bundle!!

I add the bottle & washcloths in the middle of all those diapers

then tie the pacifier on around where I tied the bundle together
(sorry the picture looks to bad, I took it with my web cam instead
of my digi cam)

then place the bib & brush & comb set, or whatever you decide to buy to
put in the bundle. Here is the finished bundle!

Hope this helps! If anyone has any questions, please let me know and I will help as much as I can!