29 October, 2015

Wendell August - Holiday Heirlooms

Decorate your home and give unique and personalized gifts this holiday season with handcrafted, American-made products from Wendell August. The artisans at Wendell August, America's oldest forge, hand create every piece of giftware in their collection. Choose from ornaments, Christmas decor, personalized gifts, entertaining accessories, or jewelry. 

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This post is sponsored by U.S. Family Guide & Bulu box. I am not paid for this post, I will however receive a 3 month subscription for free in exchange for my honest opinion. 

28 October, 2015

Crested Butte Lodging in Crested Butte, Colorado

Vacationers looking for an off-the-beaten-path Colorado getaway with all the frills of a major resort should head to Crested Butte, an historic town tucked away in the Colorado Rockies Elk Mountain Range. With its affordable accommodations, gourmet restaurants, cozy pubs, and eclectic shops, Crested Butte attracts a devoted legion of repeat visitors year-round! Crested Butte Lodging & Property Management Inc. offers a large selection of quality lodging in Mt. Crested Butte. Choose from studio condominiums to 4 bedroom condominiums in prime locations including ski-in/ski-out or walking distance to the slopes.

At Crested Butte Lodging & Property Management, we understand the quality of lodging can make or break your vacation. We have carefully evaluated and inspected each property and have categorized our accommodations to further help you make your lodging selection. We want you to come to Crested Butte, Colorado to relax and have fun - not hassle with your accommodations. We promise a vacation you'll never forget!

At Crested Butte Lodging & Property Management, we understand the quality of lodging can make or break your vacation. We have carefully evaluated and inspected each property and have categorized our accommodations to further help you make your lodging selection. We want you to come to Crested Butte, Colorado to relax and have fun - not hassle with your accommodations. We promise a vacation you'll never forget!

Winters in Crested Butte, Colorado, are a skier's and snowboarder's paradise. If you like short lift lines and uncrowded ski terrain, you'll love Crested Butte. Winter fun includes Nordic skiing, telemark skiing, ice-skating, sleigh rides, snowmobiling, dog sledding and more.

Few places on earth offer such a remarkable combination of breathtaking beauty, diversity of activities and genuinely friendly people as Crested Butte. Often referred to as "The Last Great Colorado Ski Town," Crested Butte boasts a delightful Victorian charm combined with world-class slopes.
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{{Book Review}} 99 Prayers for Children By Juliet Davis & Elina Ellis

*About The Book*
A companion prayer book to 99 Stories from the Biblewith delightful illustrations in a strong vibrant style and prayers for all occasions. The prayers are a combination of traditional and modern and provide an introduction to family prayer time with young children, bringing talking to God to life in the heart of every child. 

*My Review*
99 Prayers for Children is a beautifully illustrated book. There are Prayers for every day, Prayers for special days, Graces, Blessings, & Praises.

These prayers are meant for children, but I myself have learned them with my two younger daughters & found myself saying them through my day(s). I want my children to love and be thankful for what God has given us.
This is a great book & has been used everyday since it arrived in my mailbox, and we will continue to use it until they outgrow it and then it will be passed on to their children!

The newest prayer my girls and I have learned was 
"Dear Lord Jesus
We had a big storm today.
There was thunder & lightning, 
Crashing & banging. 
I felt Frightened.
I wanted to runs away and hide.
Please help me not be do afraid.
Thank you, God. 

I recommend to any parent/grandparent/church leader/preschool teacher. It's NEVER too early to instill the habit of praying and talking to Jesus.

27 October, 2015

{{Product review}} | Smart Weigh Heavy Duty Shipping and Postal Scale

Smart Weigh Heavy Duty Shipping and Postal Scale

*About The Product*

The Smart Weigh Stainless Steel Digital Shipping and Postal scale is the perfect solution for all your package and parcel weighing needs. It features a large, extra wide metal platform that allows for ample room to weigh any item, large or small. 

This top of the line weight scale features a maximum capacity of 440 lbs / 200kg. and a minimum readability of 2 oz. 

It can be powered by one 9V battery or an included USB cable. Its extendable cord makes it a convenient and versatile postal scale that can be used anywhere from the home to the warehouse or office. 

Weight can be measured in kg / g / lb / lb:oz. Though it can handle heavy duty items it is lightweight at only 4.6 lbs. It's additional features include a tare function for net weights, and a PCS function that can weigh individual pieces. 

It is fully equipped with an energy saving automatic shut off and a large, easy-to-read LCD display. All Smart Weigh products include a 2-year manufacturer's warranty.

*My review*

I was recently sent this Smart Weigh heavy duty shipping & postal scale to review. My husband has a side online business that he does on Ebay, so we're always shipping something out. Now, with this scale we can pack and ship from home instead of me having to carry a ton of packages to the post office. 

for the purpose of this review I put a chunky infinity scarf I recently made on the scale.    These cowls take 9 ozs to make, and as you can see from the picture it says "0lb.9oz"...so this scale is very accurate on it's readings. It will come in very handy! I'm very happy with our new scale, and would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a postal/shipping scale!

I received this product free in exchange for my honest review. I am not required to post a positive review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own. 

{{Crock Pot Meal}} | 3 ingredient Ranch Pork Chops

{{Crock Pot Meal}} | 3 ingredient Ranch Pork Chops 

I knew my family would be getting sick of me making just chicken for supper, so I made these awesome pork chops!

All you need for these are three ingredients. Yep...you read that correctly, just THREE(3) ingredients and you can make a super delish meal. 

*What you need*
Pork chops(I used 3 fairly large ones), 
1 can of cream of chicken soup(I used the family size) 
 1 packet of (hidden valley) ranch.

*What you do*
  1. Place pork chops into your crock pot
  2. in a bowl mix the cream of chicken soup & (dry) ranch packet. Make sure you mix well.
  3. Pour over pork chops and let cook on HIGH heat for 2-3 hrs(I cooked it for about 3 hrs & 45 seconds bc the chops were frozen)

That's all there is to this awesome meal! I paired it with rice(the gravy is AMAZING over rice), & Green beans! Even my kids ate everything without any complaints!

Did you try this recipe? Did you like it? how did you serve it? did you add any sides to the meal? Leave a comment letting me know how it turned out!

26 October, 2015

AdormaPix Turns Your Digital Photos into Metal Prints

AdoramaPix helps people turn their digital photographs from abstract computer files into beautiful keepsakes designed to last a lifetime. Their contemporary metal prints capture memories in rich color and vibrant detail. Because your images are infused right into the metal, and not painted on the surface, their metal prints are extremely durable. Not only will your metal image be water and weather proof, but scratch resistant as well. You can even clean it with glass cleaner. Your memories deserve to live in true, archival luxury with AdoramaPix metal prints.

You can find all the fun gift ideas HERE: 

My readers get to save! 35% off all metal prints. Use code: pxusfam35m expires 12/15/2015

I reviewed a photobook from AdormaPix a few months ago and I was absolutely blown away by the quality of their books.
Disclaimer: This poste is sponsored by U.S Family Guide & Adorma Pix. I am not paid for this post, but I will receive a free metal print in exchangefor my honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own. 

{{Book Review}} | More for Girls Only! Devotions

More for Girls Only! Devotions provides real-life teaching based on key principles from the Bible. It will speak to young girls at a level they can relate to, using relevant terms and fun illustrations. Each devotion features an opening verse, devotion, self-evaluation quiz, ideas for application, memory verses, and original illustrations. Topics include caring for others, humility, cheating, worrying, and much more!

*My Review*
With "More for Girls Only! Devotions" tween & teen girls will be encouraged to grow spiritually as they read these devotions each day.

This book is full of short one-and-a-half to two-page devotions, followed by a Check Up, Things to Do, and a Things to Remember section.

 The Things to Remember portion of this book  are things to keep in mind, like Scripture. 

I would recommend this book for parents/grandparents of tween/teen girls. It would make a great gift. 

{{Book Review}} Doodletopia: Cartoons

An interactive doodle book from a best-selling art instruction author and cartoon master that pairs illustrating insights with drawing, designing, and coloring activities for aspiring artists.

Welcome to Doodletopia! Your first stop in this paradise of creativity? The world of cartoons. Your tour guide Christopher Hart is ready to introduce you to the interactive, artistic possibilities of creating your own exciting, hilarious, off-the-wall cartoon characters, gags, and more.

Unlike other doodle books that leave you stranded, with no help at all, Doodletopia: Cartoons pairs fun doodle-based activities with the sort of insightful (and laugh-out-loud funny) advice and tips that countless readers have come to expect from cartooning master Christopher Hart. For the first time ever, you can pick up your pencils, pens, markers, or crayons, and draw, doodle, or color right on the same page as the author.

From finishing cartoon faces to selecting costumes to completing wacky cartoon scenes, 
the opportunities for creative expression are endless. So what are you waiting for? Open up 
and start doodling!

*My Review*
I got this book as a late bday present for my 12 yr old daughter. I've gotten her one other book by Christopher Hart before and she loved it. This one is different than the other one, in the fact that you can draw in the book to finish the pictures and draw your own. I almost like this one more becuase it gets your creativity going, and gives you "hints" on how to finish the pictures. I've included a couple of pictures from the book.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to draw, or knows of a child(or adult) who likes to draw. 

(Finish the Angry Waitress)

(Scared bear)

21 October, 2015

{{Book Review}} | Just Show Up

Kara Tippetts's story was not a story of disease, although she lost her battle with terminal cancer.

It was not a story of saying goodbye, although she was intentional in her time with her husband and four children. Kara's story was one of seeing God in the hard and in the good. It was one of finding grace in the everyday. And it was one of knowing "God with us" through fierce and beautiful friendship.

In Just Show Up, Kara and her close friend, Jill Lynn Buteyn, write about what friendship looks like in the midst of changing life seasons, loads of laundry, and even cancer. Whether you are eager to be present to someone going through a difficult time or simply want inspiration for pursuing friends in a new way, this eloquent and practical book explores the gift of silence, the art of receiving, and what it means to just show up.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1Guvl0N

*My Review*
I love this book and how it is very,real! That's the one thing I loved about Kara(though I never actually MET her), her blog and facebook posts were very real. I understand the emotions and pain all too well, but I also know the joy and love expressed in these pages! This book is a great examples of how to be there for people who are going through a hard time, no matter what it may be. I highly recommend this book to you!

About the authors:

The late Kara Tippetts was the author of "The Hardest Peace" and blogged faithfully at mundanefaithfulness.com. Cancer was only a part of Kara's story. Her real fight was to truly live while facing a crushing reality. Since her death in March 2015, her husband, Jason, is parenting their four children and leading the church they founded in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Jill Lynn Buteyn is the author of "Falling for Texas," an inspirational novel, and a recipient of the ACFW Genesis Award for her fiction work. She has a bachelor's degree in communications from Bethel University. Jill lives near the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her husband and two children.
Connect with Jill: websiteTwitterFacebookInstagram

20 October, 2015

{{Crock Pot Meal}} | 3(okay...5) ingredient BBQ Chicken

{{Crock Pot Meal}} | 3 ingredient BBQ Chicken

It's no surprise that I like to cook, or experiment with meals...we can blame that on me being a Culinary Arts Major(and Cajun lol). Anyway, I made this 3 ingredient BBQ chicken for supper and everyone LOVED it. I thought I would share it with everyone.

What you need:
Chicken(I used 8-10 skinless, boneless chicken tenders)
1 bottle of Sweet Baby Rays(I used the sweet vidalia onion)
2 Cups of rootbeer(I used A&W.)(I used 2 cups since I had so many pieces of chicken, you may need less depending on how many pieces of chicken and the size)

This is an amazing weeknight meal that you can throw in the slow cooker. You could also do this with pork and make pulled pork sandwiches(we'll try those next time).

What you do:
  1. Put chicken breasts & rootbeer into the crockpot & cook for 3 hours on HIGH. 
  2. Shred & drain(leave a little liquid)
  3. Add 1/4 tsp each of Salt & Pepper(I know..NOT listed in the irgredients..oh well)
  4. Pour in BBQ sauce & mix. Let cook for about 15-20 mins more. 
  5. Serve on rolls/buns.
I served these on buns & paired this w/ green beans & mashed potatoes. This is one meal that will become a weekly thing in our house. :-) 

Did you try this recipe? Did you like it? how did you serve it? did you add any sides to the meal? Leave a comment letting me know how it turned out!

19 October, 2015

{{Book Review}} | Miracle Drug

Overcoming these odds will take more than a miracle drug---it will take a miracle.

The infection wasn't supposed to happen, but it did. The treatment was supposed to take care of it, but it didn't. Then Dr. Josh Pearson discovers why---his patients, including the former President of the United States, have been dosed with a different strain of the original virus, one that is universally fatal. The only chance for survival is treatment with an experimental drug, but the manufacturer might already have discarded its supply.

As if treating the President of the United States isn't stressful enough, the situation goes from bad to worse when Rachel Moore, a nurse Josh is falling in love with, falls ill. With the nation's eyes on him, Josh must pull off a miracle to save a man who holds a good deal of power and the woman who holds his heart.

*My Review*
I have always loved medical fiction novels. I've read one other book from Mabry, "Fatal Trauma". His newest book "Miracle Drug" was even better than the last book IMO. Richard Mabry's books have great characters, plenty of action, & suspense. Mabry did an excellent job of keeping me wondering who the culprit was.I definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a good suspense novel.

To purchase a copy, you can follow this link: http://bit.ly/1L8pNgx

About the author: 

Dr. Richard Mabry is a retired physician who writes "medical suspense with heart." His novels have won multiple awards: a semifinalist for International Thriller Writers' debut novel; finalists for the Carol Award, Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, and Romantic Times' Reader's Choice Award; and both finalist and winner of the Selah Award. "Miracle Drug" is his ninth published novel. He and his wife live in Frisco, Texas.

Find Richard online: websiteFacebookTwitter

16 October, 2015

{{Book Review)) The Time Chamber: A Magical Story and Coloring Book

Korean artist Daria Song’s sequel to The Time Garden takes readers on a visual journey into a magical nighttime world seen through the eyes of a fairy.

This second book in best-selling Korean artist Daria Song’s coloring series features the voyage of a fairy who, when the cuckoo clock chimes midnight, enters the human world. To the tiny fairy, everything seems enormous and magical, from the curtains to the chandelier to a mystical rowboat that takes her further into an inky adventure. Filled with the imaginative, intricately detailed illustrations Song’s readers have come to love, The Time Chamber presents a view of our world made new—and ready for coloring.

*My Review*
I absolutely LOVE coloring!!! Yes, I admit it...I am thirty-one years old and I love coloring. I have coloring books of my own that I do not allow my children to color in. Now, I can add another coloring book to my collection! The time Chamber is awesome. I love the detail that was put into making this coloring book. I recently bought myself some markers(again, that my children aren't allowed to touch)...and this book will be the first to be used by these markers. 

15 October, 2015

{(Product Review}} | Maco Dissolvable Labels

Recently I was sent some Maco Dissolvable labels from Shoplet. I was given a bundle  with 3 different packs;
-       1 pack of Maco XL labels 8.5” x 11”
-       1 pack of Maco 2 1/3” x 3 3/8” rectangle labels
-       1 pack of Maco 1.5 x 2.5” Oval labels

My husband likes to take his lunch to work, but sometimes the guys go in and take his food. I usually don't like putting labels on our food containers because they are so hard to get off, but not with these labels!! They are perfect for putting your name on food/drink containers for work/church/parties etc without worrying about how you will get the label off afterwards. 

I love that you don't HAVE to use a printer(ink jet or laser) for these labels, you can write on them using a pen/marker. 

For the purpose of this post I used my husbands cup that he likes to bring to work and wrote our last name on it. Then I ran it under water to see just how "dissolvable" they really are. I have to say...I was shocked, and amazed by them! They leave absolutely no residue & the best part of all is you DON'T have to soak or scrub! 

Here is my husband's cup with the label on it. 

The label under running water

All Gone!

My favorite things about these products;
  • Leaves no sticky residue
  • No scrubbing or soaking to get label off
  • FDA Compliant 
  • Made in the USA
  • They are durable for long-term storage
  • They are Freezer safe
These are perfect for;
  • Canning and other food storage
  • Lunch & snack containers for school and work
  • Potluck dishes
  • Storage bins
  • Marking glass or metal objects
You can find these at shoplet.com Don't forget that Shoplet has discounted office supplies, office furniture, Cleaning supplies, as well as medical supplies

14 October, 2015

Studio Movie Grill Teams Up With Local Food Banks To Support The Fight Against Hunger!

SMG is teaming up with local food banks to support the Fight Against Hunger in anticipation of the final chapter of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. Our goal is to give 100% of the ticket proceeds to surrounding local food banks October 19 – 22During this time all of our movies will be $5. In addition, we are donating 10% of the proceeds from all Hunger Games themed digital e-Gift Cards that are purchased from October 23-November 25.

I'll even have a couple of tickets to give away to you, my readers for being awesome and for helping in the fight against hunger!! For a chance to win tickets to SMG tell me how you are going to help in the fight against hunger! 

Here is a list of our local food banks:

This post is sponsored by SMG. I am not paid for this post, but I will receive tickets to giveaway.