28 September, 2017

Enchant Christmas Makes Its U.S. Debut at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas

A World of Wonder Awaits at Enchant with its World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze,

Texas’ Largest Outdoor Christmas Tree, and more!

ARLINGTON, Texas (September 25, 2017) – The Lone Star State is about to get a whole lot
brighter with the United States debut of Enchant Christmas, a truly magical event which
includes brilliantly illuminated sculptures that create the perfect atmosphere for a holiday
evening adventure like no one has ever experienced before.

Wander through the world’s largest light maze and help Santa find his missing reindeer, explore
the local vendors and food trucks, or sit back with your favorite holiday drink and enjoy live
entertainment. Enchant is a truly magical winter event that’s perfect for big groups, family fun
or special date night.

Based upon the delightful children’s story “The Adventures of Enchant: The Great Search,”
written by Leanne Johnston, a world of wonder awaits holiday revelers at this outdoor, strolling
winter wonderland. Incredible features include:

* World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze
*Texas’ Largest Outdoor Christmas Tree, standing at 100 ft.
* 300,000 square feet of holiday entertainment
* More than two million twinkling lights
* Santa’s Palace
* Skating Pond
* Kids’ Play Area
* Live Music and Entertainment
* More than 20 Food Trucks
* Unique Christmas Market with 85 Vendors including the Christkindl Market Lane
* The Enchant Events Hall, perfect for private holiday get-togethers
* Free Parking

Lot F at Globe Life Park
1000 Ballpark Way (on the corners of Copeland Road and AT&T Way)
Arlington, Texas 76011

In collaboration with the Texas Rangers and Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau, Enchant
Christmas illuminates the Texas skies November 24 through December 31, 2017. Hours of
operation are 5:00pm-11:00pm, Tuesday through Sunday. Closed December 24 and Mondays
(with the exception of December 18 and 25).

On sale Thursday, October 12, 2017, tickets are $29.95 for adults, $21.95 for children ages 5 to
14, and free for children 4 and under with accompanying parent. Parking is free. Family value
packs are $79.95 for two adult tickets and two child tickets. Seniors, Military and First
Responders discounts available plus VIP all-inclusive tickets with catering.  Tickets increase $5
at the gate the day of the event, so buy in advance online and save.

For information and to purchase tickets, visit EnchantChristmas.com. Get social with Enchant
Christmas at Facebook.com/EnchantChristmas, twitter.com/Enchantxmas, and
Instagram.com/EnchantChristmas. #EnchantChristmas #ChristmasIsComing

Fill your heart with light, love and the wonderful spirit this season. Don’t miss the BIGGEST
(and brightest) event in North Texas this holiday season!

Enchant Christmas is produced by Vancouver-based Shine Lighting Group, Inc., a professional
Christmas light company serving Canada and the U.S. since 2010. Shine specializes in the design
and implementation of tailor-made lighting experiences for public spaces. Their passion is
crafting a visual experience that encourages interaction and creates a festive atmosphere for
guests to enjoy. For more information, visit ShineMoreLight.com.

27 September, 2017

Glory Song | Matt Redman #Flyby, #GlorySong

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

About the album:
Matt Redman teamed up with several of his worship-artist friends for this album, first
releasing the track “Gracefully Broken (feat. Tasha Cobbs Leonard).” Tasha Cobbs
Leonard also released her own version of this song on the same day! The album also
features Kierra Sheard, Guvna B, Madison Cunningham, and Kim Walker-Smith.

*My Thoughts*
I absolutely LOVE Matt Redman. I would have to say that my absolute favorite song by Matt would be "10,000 Reasons". It was my mom's favorite song, and it was the song that we played (on low) the day we took her off of the vent so she could go "home home" (Heaven).

When I received the email to review Matt's newest CD Glory Song, I jumped at the chance! It arrived a few days ago, & I love it so much. I love listening to music while I do housework, or while I'm crocheting.

I think my fav song from this CD would have to be "One day (when we all get to Heaven), I really like how they have taken "When we all get to Heaven" and have given it a makeover. It was one of my favorite hymns as a kid.

Do you like Matt Redman? Would you like a chance to WIN a copy of the CD for FREE? I'm doing a giveaway right here on the blog! Just leave a comment telling me what your favorite Matt Redman song is and you will be entered!

If you've recently won a #Flyby prize here on the blog, but still want a copy of the CD...you can purchase a copy by going here

Check out the videos below!

Gracefully Broken Top Of The Tower Live Video:

Gracefully Broken (Lyric Video):

 Gracefully Broken (Song Story):

17 September, 2017

Start Where You Are | Week-at-a-Glance Diary

I received a copy of this book free from bloggingforbooks.org 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 her journal Start Where You Are, Meera Lee Patel helped readers look inward to discover their dreams and navigate the confusion and chaos of daily life. This planner represents the next step in the process-- a tool both newcomers and Meera's existing audience can use to plot out the practical steps, day-by-day, week-by-week, of accomplishing those dreams. This perpetual week-at-a-glance diary features illustrations and patterns created from the existing art that adds visually vibrant inspiration and encouragement to appointments and deadlines.

*My Thoughts*
I haven't kept a diary since I was about 10...so I wasn't sure that I would actually use this book, or gift it to someone who could use it. The thing that drew me in was the galaxy-ish colors & of course the cute little elephant!

When I received this book, I actually fell in love with it & it is PERFECT for me to use for my blogging schedule, & to keep important dates etc. It's big enough to hold all my important info...yet small enough to fit in my purse so I can keep it while on the go!

Another favorite feature of mine is that this book as inspiring quotes throughout the book, as well as a page of world time zones, & international calling codes (THESE two features will come in handy), there are also pages conversions, wedding anniversaries, contacts & birthdays!

This book might be little but believe me, it is packed FULL of everything you need to keep track of your schedule!

12 September, 2017

Texas Renaissance Festival | Todd Mission, Texas

This post is sponsored by U.S. Family Guide & The Texas Renaissance Festival. I am not paid for this post, but I will receive free passes for myself and my family in exchange for my honest review.

The Texas Renaissance Festival is the nation's largest and most acclaimed Renaissance themed event. Established in 1974, the event attracts over half a million visitors each year to its 55-acre New Market Village and Fields of New Market Campgrounds in Todd Mission, Texas. This immersive experience features world renowned live entertainment, works by master artists and craftspeople, award winning food and drink, hand-powered rides and games, and over 100 interactive characters during its nine themed weekends from September 30 through November 26, 2017. For more information, please visit www.texrenfest.com. 

Each weekend, a different theme comes to life across the 55-acre festival grounds including:

Oktoberfest (September 30 & October 1)
1001 Dreams (October 7 & 8)
Pirate Adventure (October 14 & 15)
Roman Bacchanal (October 21 & 22)
All Hallows' Eve (October 28 & 29)
Barbarian Invasion (November 4 & 5)
Heroes and Villains (November 11 & 12)
Highland Fling (November 18 & 19)
Celtic Christmas (November 24, 25, & 26)

Texas Renaissance Festival! Kids 12 and Under Admitted Free Every Sunday!
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11 September, 2017

Barton Hill Farms | Austin, Tx.

This post is sponsored by U.S. Family Guide & the Barton Hill Farms. I am not paid for this post, but I will receive free passes for myself and my family in exchange for my honest review.

Join us this fall for the the 2017 Fall Festival & Corn Maze at Barton Hill Farm. Get lost in our 5-acre corn maze, pick your favorite pumpkin, feed the farm animals, and enjoy more than 30 exciting family activities while you listen to live Texas country & bluegrass music!

Barton Hill Farms is a scenic Texas farmstead on the banks of the Colorado River near Bastrop, just 25 minutes from Austin. Open Saturdays & Sundays from September 23rd to November 5th.

05 September, 2017

I am back!

I have been quiet lately, not because I didn't have anything to post...but because things have been crazy here. we've all had our rounds of strep, and I'm still getting over my second round of strep, laryngitis, pharyngitis, sinus infection & double middle ear infection.

I have seen my fill of drs in the last week and a half to last me the rest of the year! I still plan on officially launching my new business, but between being sick and having crochet orders I haven't had much time.

My girls will be starting school next week (books finally came in)! Wish me luck! I officially have a 9th grade, 2nd grader & 1st grader.

I hope that things are well in your part of the world! If you have children, have they started school yet? what grade(s) are they in?

Foundations of Drawing: A Practical Guide to Art History, Tools, Techniques, and Styles

I received a copy of this book free from bloggingforbooks.org 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 a leading art instructor at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, a complete survey of drawing as an art form covering its history, materials, and key techniques, alongside step-by-step demonstrations.

Foundations of Drawing is a comprehensive and authoritative overview of the history, aesthetics, methods, and materials of the drawing medium. Throughout, clearly defined demonstrations provide easy access to the practice of drawing as well as the history and development of core drawing techniques. Richly illustrated, the book contains reproductions of the finest master drawings from the fifteenth century to the present. Unlike other drawing instruction books that focus on step-by-step lessons exclusively, Foundations of Drawing provides readers with the context and background to help understand just why these materials and methods are so vital for successful drawing.

*My Thoughts*
I had originally ordered this book for my 13 year old. She has become more serious about art and drawing. I figured this could help her out, but she didn't care for it. She said it was nice and teaches you things you may not know, but it's not something she is interested in.

03 September, 2017

Patterns of Evidence: Exodus #PatternsOfEvidence, #FlyBy

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”) Opinions expressed are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. 

About the Author/Filmmaker/Producer:

Tim Mahoney founded Mahoney Media Group, Inc. (MMG) in 1989. MMG focused its business on television and video production for regional and national companies. In 2014 Tim founded "Thinking Man Films & Media" as an international documentary & publishing company with a focus on education and the Bible. 

Tim produced numerous productions for Christian organizations including the Billy Graham Association, World Wide Pictures, and Compassion International. Tim also served as the President of the board for the International Christian Visual Media Association (ICVM). Tim’s first full feature documentary film, “PATTERNS OF EVIDENCE: THE EXODUS”, released in January 2015. 

The film took 12 years to develop and takes a scientific approach to investigate the events of the Biblical Exodus. The overall vision for his film company is to explore “patterns of evidence” that support the biblical narrative and engages the world in a conversation. The film takes a balanced approach and leaves the audience to decide for themselves if the Bible is real history or myth.

About the film
• Won 13 awards on the film festival circuit in 2014, including a Gold Remi Award winner for Best Director at the Worldfest Houston Intl. Film Festival, the Gold Crown Award for Best Picture and Best Documentary at ICVM 2014, and Official Selection at the Soho International Film Festival in New York.

• Supplemental resources associated with the film include a nearly 400-page hardcover book, small group Bible study, Movie Event kit, youth version (called Young Explorers), homeschool curriculum and others.

• It includes powerful interviews with some of the top experts in the fields of archaeology and Egyptology as well as people of influence in the Middle East. 

• The film has an objective, fair-minded and balanced approach. It allows viewpoints from all sides to be heard in a respectful way while asking honest questions of the Bible and scholars’ views. It does not preach and lets the evidence speak for itself. This allows the film to be very shareable with those of different viewpoints.

*My Thoughts*
"Patterns of Evidence" is an incredibly informative film. I absolutely loved watching it  & found it fascinating in every way. I can't wait to share it with our pastor to put in the church library 

Watch the movie trailer. -->  www.patternsofevidence.com

Mak sure to use the code MK1 for $3 off the DVD price which retails for $19.95.