30 September, 2016

FAM Trips to Branson and Silver Dollar City




Silver Dollar City, Branson, Missouri, is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the country. Travel back in time to the simplicity of 1880s America, and enjoy the best in Branson entertainment plus a host of festivals and events.




29 September, 2016

Take the Bible Challenge with Odyssey Adventure Club

How much do you know about the Bible and its influence on our culture, history–and the whole world? Focus on the Family and Bring Your Bible have teamed up to create a quiz to test how much you and your kids know about the Bible. Take the quiz to find out!

Don't forget to mark your calendars to celebrate religious freedom with other students across the U.S. on October 6—Bring Your Bible to School Day! Students from kindergarten to college will be bringing their Bibles to school and sharing God with their friends in just a few short weeks. Sign up to be a part of the movement to protect religious freedom for future generations.

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By signing up, you’ll receive a free guide with tips, downloadable posters, sticker and T-shirt designs, information on your legal rights, and other fun, interactive activities.

You’ll also be automatically entered for a chance to win a free trip for four to hear the Newsboys, an award-winning Christian music band, in Dallas!

Plus Bring Your Bible to School Comes to Adventures in Odyssey

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Getting used to a new school isn’t easy, especially for someone as paranoid as Buddy Norman. In “A Predicament of Biblical Proportions” he envisions wacky worst-case encounters with townsfolk who seem like mobsters, snoops and fairy-tale tyrants—until he gets to know them. He’s also a little confused about Bring Your Bible to School Day. What’s it about? Should he participate? See Odyssey through Buddy’s eyes in this witty celebration of religious freedom.

Listen to this story through a two-week trial only on the Odyssey Adventure Club.

26 September, 2016

AdoramaPix Holiday Cards - Discount Code Inside!!!



I always mean to send out CHRISTmas cards to family and friends, but for the past 4 years I have failed to do so because I  can never find any that I like. I've ordered several things from AdoramaPix & I have loved everything that I have received.

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*Disclaimer*
This post is sponsored by U.S Family Guide & AdoramaPix. I am not paid for this post, but I will receive free Holiday cards in exchange for my honest review.

25 September, 2016

{{Book Review}} Easy Low Carb Slow Cooking: A Prep-and-Go Low Carb Cookbook for Ketogenic, Paleo, & High-Fat Diets


Finally, a Low Carb Cookbook with Prep-and-Go Recipes for Healthy Living
Low carb diets are more popular than ever. Limiting refined carbohydrates and increasing healthy fats and proteins can help you lose weight and improve cardiovascular health. Cooking your own meals is essential when trying to eat a low carb diet, as dining out or buying prepared foods can make it difficult to adhere to a low carb lifestyle.
With this in mind, nutrition writer and recipe developer Robin Donovan wrote Easy Low carb Slow Cooking—the ultimate low carb cookbook. By using healthy, truly low carb ingredients, Easy Low carb Slow Cooking is the only low carb cookbook that allows you to enjoy flavorful meals that are good for your waistline and your wallet. By gearing these recipes to the convenience and ease of the slow cooker, prep time and cleanup has never been simpler.
  • More than 125 “prep-and-go” slow cooker recipes designed to make a low-carb, high-fat diet easier than ever
  • Truly low-carb, high-fat dishes that follow ketogenic dietary guidelines, as well as “Make It Paleo” substitution tips
  • Detailed nutritional information for each recipe, including macronutrient percentages for carbs, fat, and protein
Enjoy low carb cooking recipes such as Frittata with Cherry Tomatoes, Asparagus & Thyme * Cinnamon Crunch Coffee Cake * Curried Broccoli, Cheddar & Toasted Almond Soup * Bacon-Wrapped Chicken with Barbecue Sauce * Thai Red Curry Beef with Coconut Sauce * Chocolate-Macadamia Nut Cheesecake * and more!

*My Review*
Even though it now falls, it's still REALLY warm here in Texas. The Easy Low Carb Slow Cooking Cookbook is perfect for those days when I don't want to turn my oven on. I am SO thankful for my crockpot. This cookbook gave me a good selection of recipes to make for the family. The recipes are super easy to follow.

*Disclaimer*
I received this ebook free from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

23 September, 2016

{{Book Review}} Be the BBQ Pitmaster



You can pick the protein, switch the sides, and even swap the sauce—but when it comes to being a barbecue pitmaster there are three ingredients that you just can’t do without: Meat. Smoke. And, most importantly, time.
Barbecue is a pillar of American cookery, steeped in rich tradition and regional variety. And when it comes to celebrating America’s best barbecue, not just any ol’ cookbook will do. Be the BBQ Pitmaster is your start-to-finish roadmap through it all so you can smoke your way from Kansas City’s Brisket to the Smoked Pork Shoulder of the Carolinas.
Prep time, cook time, serving size…a true barbecue pitmaster leaves nothing to chance. Each recipe in Be the BBQ Pitmaster cookbook provides a complete breakdown of everything you need to know for staying cool while you bring the heat.


  • 125+ authentic barbecue recipes deliver the classic smoked barbecue flavor you love alongside creative sides, sauces, and desserts

  • Regional barbecue style overviews and must-have barbecue basics

  • Smoking recipes that range in difficulty so you can build your barbecue skill set

  • Cook-off FAQs for upping your game and entering amateur competition

  • Insider secrets from top pitmasters to develop your barbecue chops including: Memphis’s own Clint Cantwell, editor of Kingsford.com and winner of Travel Channel's "American Grilled” and three-time James Beard “Best Southwest Chef” semifinalist and “Top Chef” contestant Chef John Tesar

*My Thoughts*
My husband loves ALL things BBQ(He's a Texas). There is a good selection of recipes from different regions. Will this book make you a pitmaster? No, not in the slightest bit, but it's a nice book to have around.

*Disclaimer*
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I am no required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own

22 September, 2016

See the Newsboys in Concert with Adventures in Odyssey



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Want to be entered for a chance to win a free trip for four to hear the Newsboys, the award-winning Christian music band, in Dallas? Sign up to be a part of the movement to protect religious freedom for future generations: Bring Your Bible to School Day! Students from kindergarten to college will be bringing their Bibles to school and sharing God with their friends on October 6.

By completing the information on this page, you're automatically entered to win the chance to see the Newsboys with Focus on the Family and Adventures in Odyssey. Don't miss out on the chance to see a fantastic band with your family!

Plus Sign Up for a Free Two-Week Trial of Odyssey Adventure Club

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Getting used to a new school isn’t easy, especially for someone as paranoid as Buddy Norman. In “A Predicament of Biblical Proportions” he envisions wacky worst-case encounters with townsfolk who seem like mobsters, snoops and fairy-tale tyrants—until he gets to know them. He’s also a little confused about Bring Your Bible to School Day. What’s it about? Should he participate? See Odyssey through Buddy’s eyes in this witty celebration of religious freedom.

Listen to this story through a two-week trial only on the Odyssey Adventure Club.

20 September, 2016

KidsGold -14k for Kids Birthstone Earring



My 6(almost 7)yr old is the only one in our house that wears earrings, and she is going to LOVE these. 
This will make a great birthday present for her. Her birthstone is Topaz(we have at least 5 November 
birthdays in my family, and those are just the ones I know about). 

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My birthstone is Diamond, what is yours? 


*Disclaimer*
This post is sponsored by U.S Family Guide & 14KForKids. I am not paid for this post, 
but I will receive a FREE pair of 14K of earrings
in exchange for my honest review.

19 September, 2016

Love Unending | How can I remember how to be a wife when it takes all I’ve got to be a momma?




Since becoming a mom, do you ever feel like your marriage no longer receives the attention it needs to thrive? Do you ever struggle to balance your roles of being both a momma and a wife? Do you ever wonder how you’re supposed to re-center your heart on your husband when you are so busy with everything else


Those feelings we experienced in the first days of love and marriage often become buried beneath hurried life, active children, and mountains of bills and laundry. We wonder where the romance went when kids became a part of our love story. Maybe you’ve questioned and perhaps even worried if you’ll ever again experience love as you did in the beginning—that newness of what it meant to be fully caught up in one another. But what if you could rekindle that fresh sort of love? What if there was a secret to love unending?

For the next twenty-one days, journey with Becky Thompson to remember what life was like when you first fell in love with your husband. Each daily challenge, reflection, and prayer will refocus your attention, re-center your heart, reignite the romance, and help you rediscover your marriage in the midst of motherhood. 

Let Love Unending guide you step by step as you realize that sometimes the best way forward is to go back to the beginning.


*My Review*

This book was just what I needed to read. I don't think anyone could have prepared me for how much motherhood would change me as well as my marriage. My Husband just celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary last week.

This book covers the changes that come during the season of Motherhood and tells you how to best handle it and to not put your spouse on the back burner.
This book is full of humor and wit, is a 21-day journey helps bring some spark back into your marriage, helps you to remember what made you fall in love with your husband and focus on that.



*Disclaimer*

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

16 September, 2016

Commit to Bring Your Bible to School October 6



Celebrate religious freedom with other students across the U.S. on October 6—Bring Your Bible to School Day! Students from kindergarten to college will be bringing their Bibles to school and sharing God with their friends in just a few short weeks. Sign up to be a part of the movement to protect religious freedom for future generations.

By signing up, you’ll receive a free guide with tips, downloadable posters, sticker and T-shirt designs, information on your legal rights, and other fun, interactive activities.

You’ll also be automatically entered for a chance to win a free trip for four to hear the Newsboys, an award-winning Christian music band, in Dallas!

Plus Bring Your Bible to School Comes to Adventures in Odyssey

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Getting used to a new school isn’t easy, especially for someone as paranoid as Buddy Norman. In “A Predicament of Biblical Proportions” he envisions wacky worst-case encounters with townsfolk who seem like mobsters, snoops and fairy-tale tyrants—until he gets to know them. He’s also a little confused about Bring Your Bible to School Day. What’s it about? Should he participate? See Odyssey through Buddy’s eyes in this witty celebration of religious freedom.

Listen to this story through a two-week trial only on the Odyssey Adventure Club.

15 September, 2016

GPS Origins - Pinpoint Your Ancestry






GPS Origins is a revolutionary ancestry DNA test that takes you deep into your family history. Traditionally, DNA ancestry tests provide a report of your 'ethnicity' and locate parts of your DNA in broad continental sweeps, but nothing specific, not even to the country level. The GPS Origins (Geographic Population Structure) ancestry test combines the latest genetic research with a new ancestral tracking technique to pinpoint more precisely where your DNA began. The GPS Origins test indicates the town or village where groups of your ancestors from different cultures met - building a vibrant picture of the migration journeys that formed your deep genealogical heritage.


*Ahhh!!! I CANNOT wait to do this! I was JUST talking to my daddy the other day about wanting to know our family history. My mom was adopted so we've never been able to know where she came from, and my dad only knows so much...but GPS Origins is EXACTLY what I've been looking(and praying) for!*





*Disclaimer*
This post is sponsored by U.S. Family Guide & GPS Origins. I will receive a FREE DNA test ($200 Value) in exchange for my honest opinion on their program. 

07 September, 2016

{{Book Review}} Mindfulness: A Journal


Mindfulness has become a buzzword today, cropping upeverywhere from schools to hospitals to yoga classes to corporate boardmeetings. But what is mindfulness,exactly? What are its benefits? Why has it become so popular? And--perhaps mostimportantly--how can you incorporate mindfulness into your own life, especiallyif you've never tried it before?

 
In the sleek and beautiful Mindfulness: A Journal, award-winningauthor Catherine Price demystifies mindfulness and helps readers take the firststeps toward establishing their own mindfulness practices. After a brief introductionto mindfulness and its frequent partner, mindfulness-based meditation, thejournal gently guides readers through a series of writing prompts, exercisesand inspirational quotes. It ends with a list of recommended resources, rangingfrom books to apps to in-person and virtual mindfulness classes, that readerscan turn to if they wish to deepen their practice. 
 
A perfect and thoughtful gift, Mindfulness: A Journalis designed to provide a structured, clear and unintimidating introductionto mindfulness that anyone can use. Beautifully designed and a pleasure towrite in, it has the capacity to truly change people's lives.


*My Review*
Mindfulness: A Journal is such a wonderful journal for help to quiet the mind. The layout of this book is very soothing and it encourages it's users to reflect and be calm.  It would make a great gift as well. 

*Disclaimer*
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own. 

06 September, 2016

{{Book Review}} Raising a Young Modern-Day Princess: Growing the Fruit of the Spirit in Your Little Girl


Emulating the format of Raising a Modern-Day Princess, authors Doreen Hanna and Karen Whiting seek to help parents and grandparents cultivate strong relationships and encourage the spiritual formation in their daughters using examples, Bible teaching on the fruit of the Spirit, and a variety of creative activities that are based on Galatians 5:22-23, the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control).



By implementing the ideas in this book, mothers (as well as fathers) will be equipped to understand and guide their daughters through each step of becoming His “princess.” This will include perceiving a daughter’s unique personality and gifts, refining her character through training and discipline, and modeling the attributes of a daughter of the King.



This book is a follow-up to both Raising a Modern-Day Knight (by Robert Lewis) and Raising a Modern-Day Princess by Pam Farrel and Doreen Hanna. While the latter book is aimed at parents of girls ages 12 and up, this book focuses on building the Christian character of younger girls.


*My Review*
When I saw this book up for review, I knew I had to have it. We have three girls, and the two younger ones LOVE to pretend to Princesses & are obsessed with all things having to do with Princess things, so,  I was more than excited to read this book. This book certainly does not disappoint and I really enjoyed reading it. I've got to admit....there are a TON of parenting books out there, but this one is so very unique because it's main focus is on the fruits of the spirit and helps show you how to mold your daughter into a TRUE Princess(of Jesus Christ).


This book focuses on helping to instill the true characteristics of a Princess and help her be all that she can be. This book is filled with great stories, activities for both mom & dad to be involved in, as well as great tips. I recommend this book to anyone who has a daughter, step-daughter, or those who are raising their granddaughters, nieces, etc. 


*Disclaimer*
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I am not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

{{Book Review}} Moments & Days: How Our Holy Celebrations Shape Our Faith


Michelle Van Loon helps us treasure our time as a gift and a spiritual responsibility, and God as faithfully present in all our moments and days.




People rarely slow down to experience their days, and so they feel rushed through life even as they begin to suspect that life lacks significance. By introducing (and reintroducing) us to the feasts and festivals of the Bible, as well as the special celebrations of the Christian calendar, Moments and Daysrestores a sacred sense of time throughout our year, enriching our experience of each “holy day” and enlivening our experience of even the most “ordinary time.”








*My Review*
In "Moments & Days' Van Loon shows us the truth about the Sabbath and what it means to keep it. She explains how Jesus observed Jewish festivals and feast. This is something I have always been interested in, and there are some pretty neat recipes included in the book. I can't wait to try a few of these soon!  


*Disclaimer*
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own

02 September, 2016

IT'S A BOY!!!!





Our Family has grown by four precious little feet, that's right...we've adopted a puppy!!! We couldn't be happier, well...everyone but the cat that is. o_O I searched for a local no-kill shelter & found one online and read up on them, esp checking the reviews and their website. We wanted a puppy who would be our 6 yr old daughter's ESA/Future Service dog.We found a pup a week earlier, but we didn't have the money and she was adopted before we could get her, and then on Tuesday(which is a day they are closed) we saw another pup who was listed as a 2 months old, female, Retriever/Lab mix and adorable as ever, so on Wednesday we went to a local shelter thinking we were getting a female pup, but when we went to the meeting room to get to know him and talk with the volunteer we saw that it was clearly a boy.

We couldn't help but love all 5.30lbs of him, esp when he hopped into my lap and started giving kisses, then he jumped in everyone else's lap. He is 9 weeks and 5 days old and we are 100% in love with this little boy and it's only been 2.5 days! I can't even comprehend how amazing the rest of our(and his days will be)! They changed what they said he is and are now saying he's a Chihuahua/Terrier mix.

My Husband did a google search on Chihuahua/German Shephard mix, and Cashew looks just like the picture(s) we saw. he looks just like the pics, so, for now, that's what we are saying he is. We will be getting a dog DNA test done to know for sure.

Below you will see a few photos from our first few days with Cashew. We hope you enjoy and will be updating every month on how he is doing with our family!


(any and all photos on this blog post are the property of the Carney family. They are NOT to be saved/printed, etc)