Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Zoomance at the Detroit Zoo

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Stephanie and I attended the Zoomance last week at the Detroit Zoo. It was our third time attending. As always, it was a great time at this 21 and up event. Enjoy the pictures!
 Stephanie spotted this Jenga game made out of 2x4's. I had never played, but I was in for a treat.

Here I am thinking about my next move and trying to use only one hand.
We knew it was getting close to tipping. The people working at the Zoo advised us that we had made the biggest tower that they've seen. Yes, I was the one that knocked it over.
A lovely new friend colored with breathtaking colors!
Stephanie thought the frog prince could use a little something to drink.
Hey, I think this penguin could use a little eyebrow threading!
This cute little orange frog was singing beautiful melodies.
Finally, on the way out we ran into this handsome bear and a blogger friend and her husband.

See you next year at the Zoomance at the Detroit Zoo!

What is your favorite photo?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Through the Eyes of a Lion Review & Giveaway

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My girls are my world. I can't even imagine the heartache of losing a child. In Through the Eyes of a Lion, Pastor Levi Lusko takes us through the loss of his 5-year old daughter Lenya, Lion was her nickname. This book isn't all about sadness, it's about finding the Lord to guide you through rough times. It's about finding your purpose. God doesn't always let us take the easy direct route in life. What would be the purpose? We don't grow or blossom by taking the easy route. We grow when we change our thinking.

The Lord took Lenya home 5 days before Christmas. This is what the Lusko family had sent out on their Christmas card prior to her death,  unknown that they were going to lose their little angel.

"Jesus has abolished death brought life and immortality to light through the gospel," 2 Timothy 1:10.

Lenya passed away from an asthma attack.

The pain, impossible, God's healing for this family, immeasurable. 

Most of us, over the course of our lifetime, suffer incredible pain. God wants us to know that he is there to carry us when we feel like we can't take another step. God helps us find incredible power when facing pain. 

"Heaven is a place, like New York or Paris. Untainted by sin and disease, and unspoiled by evil, it is like earth, only better. Heaven is full of laughter and play, eating and drinking, working and exploring-all infused and energized by the presence of God and pulsating with holy wonder."

I don't know about you but when my life here on earth is done, I will be glad to go to my forever home.

Would I recommend Through the Eyes of a Lion? Yes, get it for anyone you know that is facing pain. This book might open their eyes to seeing life a little different. This author, Levi Lusko, tries to keep things cool and light-hearted even with it's such a heavy subject. You can pick up "Through the Eyes of a Lion" from Family Christian.

Mom Among Chaos has teamed with Family Christian to giveaway a copy of Through the Eyes of a Lion! You may enter below. You must live in the USA, 18 years old and older, please. The winner has 24 hours to respond or another winner will be selected. Mom Among Chaos is not responsible for the fulfillment of the prize. Ends 8/27/15.
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When in your life have you experienced pain or loss?

Friday, August 14, 2015

No Stove Summer Dinner Hacks

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Stephanie and I were invited on WXYZ for "No Stove Summer Dinner Hacks".  We reviewed several items to make this hot summer a little cooler. You don't have to heat up your house to make dinner for your family. These little hacks can make dinner time a little easier, too. Check out the video of our appearance below.

  • You can make lots of snacks with virtually no heating of your house. 
  • Dehydrators help preserve the nutrients in food.
  • Make fruit roll-ups, fruit crisps, veggie chips, yogurt, jerky, pizza, and much more.
  • It has 5 trays with plenty of space to make all kinds of your favorite foods at once.
IMUSA Empanada Maker
  • It bakes empanadas in 3-4 minutes.
  • You can use a variety of doughs including jiffy cornbread mix, pancake mix, phyllo dough, and crescent roll dough.
  • Bake a healthy version of an authentic empanada.
  • It seals the pastry dough, melts fillings, and bakes the crust to a golden brown.
  • Also available at Target for $39.99.
Krups Egg Cooker
  • Boils up to 7 eggs at a time.
  • You can make hard-boiled, poached, and individual omelettes.
  • Audible sound when eggs are finished cooking.
T-Fal Opti-Grill
  • This one of a kind grill will not heat up your home and you don't have to stand outside either!
  • Six different cooking programs: burgers, poultry, sandwiches, sausage and pork, red meat and fish
  • Sensor cooking adapts to the thickness of food and lets you know when your meat is done just how you like it, from rare to well done.
  • It will even defrost meats.
Veestro Meal Delivery
  • This is a plant-based meal delivery service. It is high in protein and fiber.
  • It is delivered to your door and most items you just pop in the microwave for a few minutes.
  • Tasty and makes dinner or lunch a breeze.
Bauli Mini Croissants
  • This smaller, bite-sized dessert is only 50 calories a pop.
  • These handy, ready-to-eat croissants don’t require turning on the oven.
  • Even better, they are made with no hydrogenated fats.
  • Available in both vanilla custard and chocolate cream.
Which no stove summer dinner hack would you like to try?

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

SpongeBob Juniors Pajamas Giveaway

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Welcome to the Richard Leeds SpongeBob Pajamas Giveaway Event!

Hosted by: Southern Mom Loves

Sponsored by: Richard Leeds International

It's Back To School time, and while you're shopping for clothes, backpacks, and supplies, don't forget some fun new PJs to help the kids transition back into those earlier bedtimes. I know nothing will get my kids more excited about bedtime than a new pair of pajamas! 

Richard Leeds International makes some of the best pajamas out there, with characters from your favorite movies, comics, and TV shows. These pajamas are made in super-soft cotton with bright, imaginative designs. This uber-affordable Juniors line is available exclusively at Walmart in-store and online.

14 winners will each receive both a pair of PJs AND a Dorm Shirt from Richard Leeds International! (ARV $419)!

Each winner will be sent a set of pajamas AND a dorm shirt in a randomly chosen SpongeBob SquarePants design (shown above), in their size as they state it in the Giveaway Tools widget below.

Enter below, the odds are fantastic!

Giveaway begins on 8/12/15 at 1:00 am CST and ends on 9/2/15 at 11:59 pm CST. Must be 18 years or older, open to residents of the US only.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Dinosauria at the Detroit Zoo & Giveaway

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Valvoline Instant Oil Change has partnered with the Detroit Zoo to offer their customers a Buy One, Get One voucher for a ticket to Dinosauria. Visitors to local Valvoline Instant Oil Change locations will receive a voucher for a Buy One, Get One on a ticket to Dinosauria at the Detroit Zoo with the purchase of a regular or synthetic oil change. This program lasts the remainder of Dinosauria which runs till September 7th.
Dinosauria offers guest the chance to walk among forty lifelike animatronic dinosaurs that snarl and move – and some that spit!

Enter a veritable “Zoorassic Park” as you travel back in time along a lush, winding, 5-acre DinoTrail recreating prehistoric life. Enormous primeval creatures lurk at every turn, including adult dinosaurs, youngsters and even a nest with eggs and hatchlings.

Dinosauria is open daily 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (until 8 p.m. Wednesdays during August). Tickets are $5 with Zoo admission for visitors ages 2 and older and are available at main admissions or the Dinosauria ticket booth.

Enter to win a free oil change from Mom Among Chaos and the Detroit Zoo!
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What is your favorite exhibit at the Detroit Zoo? Have you ever been to Dinosauria before?

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Review

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Honestly, I had just about given up on trying these products from the drug store claiming to give you gel like nails.  I love getting shellac.  If I had tons of money to blow I would get them done on a more regular basis.   The last time I went to get a shellac manicure the nail tech cut a huge hunk out of my finger.  I was tired of going to places that spoke very little English.  I always try to make it clear that I have very delicate and thin nails.  I'm positive 90% of the people I have told never realized what I was saying.  Anyway, I decided to dish out close to $20 bucks and try yet again.

I have tried it all, gel nail wise. I have tried just about everything on the market. So, I was skeptical. I made sure I took my time when I applied this one. You apply two coats of color and one coat of the gel top coat and then let it dry. Here is the thing, you have to let it air dry. You need a good 30 minutes of dry time. I painted my nails and decided to get some miles in with a walk, so I wouldn't touch anything. While I was walking I could actually feel my nails hardening.

So, I bet you are wondering what my results were.  I was very pleasantly surprised.  I am pretty rough on my hands.  I type quite a bit and I'm in water a ton.  Usually, I can only get one day before the chipping starts.  Once it starts, the polish is really quick to disappear.  Here are my results after one week.

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They look pretty darn good after one week.  Yes, there is chipping but they still look like I had just painted them the day before.

I was so excited I went and bought another color.  I didn't take my time with this one and they have chipped faster.  I'm going to try to redo them.  

I have also read that you can use the gel top coat with any polish to make it last longer.  Of course it works the best with the gel nail polish.

Would I recommend Sally Hansen Miracle Gel?  Yes, I would.  It's still not as good as shellac, but it comes pretty darn close.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Fresh Thyme Grand Opening in Metro Detroit

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Yesterday Stephanie and I attended the Grand Opening of Fresh Thyme in Troy, MI. What is Fresh Thyme Farmers Market? It's a full-service grocery store featuring healthy, organic, and local products. The best part is that it's value priced.
Fresh Thyme is new to the Metro Detroit area. The first Michigan location was opened in East Lansing and now they have proudly opened stores in Troy, Rochester Hills, and Northville. It's a health food nut's organic dream come true! Personally, I'm all about feeding my family organic foods whenever I can afford it.
Fresh Thyme wants to offer its customers a special local focus. The stores carry over 450 local products. I love when stores carry local Michigan products.
I love sushi! Especially fresh sushi. I love it even more when it's made to order. I purchased the chicken teriyaki sushi to have for lunch. It was really good!
Here I am asking for shrimp tempura. He got me a freshly made one. My kids & I love sushi! ~ Stephanie
Fresh Thyme has a natural meat department, healthy deli foods to go, bakery goods, over 400 bins of bulk items, 170 organic produce offerings, organic and natural groceries, natural body care products, and more. Now there is no need to go to several different stores to make sure your family is getting safe, healthy foods and products. Fresh Thyme is your one-stop shop with more than you can imagine. I even came home with mint organic soap!
Did someone say coffee? Stephanie and I had the chance to sample some yummy organic coffee. I was happily surprised to see that they sell Michigan Cherry coffee. If you like coffee make sure to take a trip to Fresh Thyme to pick up a bag!
Would we recommend Fresh Thyme? Yes, we both walked out of the store with lots of yummy goodies. The closest location to me is about 20 minutes away, but it's worth the drive. Fresh Thyme is scheduled to open 60 stores by 2019. I'm hopeful that they will open one in Warren because I personally would love to grocery shop there each week. The prices were fantastic and I love feeding my family foods that are good for their bodies.

Fresh Thyme is open daily from 7 am to 10 pm.
New Metro Detroit Locations:
Northville - 15480 Sheldon Rd. North of 5 mile

Troy - 901 E. Big Beaver Rd.

Rochester Hills - 2025 S. Rochester Rd.

To learn more and see your local sales ad go here.

In the Detroit area, Fresh Thyme will be giving away $15,000 to local non-profits as part of their Grand Opening celebration.
· $5,000 to Northville Historical Society
· $5,000 to Dinosaur Hills Nature Preserve
· $2,500 to Troy Foundation for Educational Excellence
· $2,500 to Troy Dog Park

You're invited to join in on the Twitter Party tonight from 8-9pm!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Back to School with Family Christian

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My co-blogger, Stephanie, and I just happen to be in the middle of major changes in our lives. We thought it would be fun to take the kids to Family Christian for back to school shopping. My husband and I are in the middle of a move, which means my kids will be attending new schools. Attending a new school can be very scary for kids. I thought it would be a great idea for them to have some encouraging bible quotes for the new road that lies ahead.

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."  Joshua 1:9
This is my daughter Faith. She loves that so many items in Family Christian have her name on them. Faith loves the back to school line by Sadie Robertson from the Duck Commander. The prints are very bold and eye-catching.
All of the girls ended up picking out journals. I loved the encouraging messages on the products. My daughters can write down their hopes, dreams, and favorite quotes. I know during rough times in my life I always relied on my journal.
The Sadie Robertson line also has binders and folders to help keep your kids encouraged and organized.

Check out Family Christian now for your back to school supplies before they sell out. You will find bright, fun, and useful products that also contain encouragement that all kids need in this day and age!

Mom Among Chaos is hosting a Family Christian giveaway. US only! Ends 8/3/15.

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Girls Rash Guard Review

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My daughters and I are huge fans of rash guards because they eliminate possible embarrassing moments. They are perfect for when you're at the waterpark, tubing, out with friends, or even to protect your skin from getting burned. I had the opportunity to check out this girls rash guard that my daughter Keira is modeling.

Keira loved the style of the rash guard. She asked if she could wear it during the winter months because she loves the color. 

Below are some things to consider if you're thinking about purchasing your child a rash guard.
1.These rash guards are made in the USA. I love buying American made products.

2. This shirt provides UV protection for your child, therefore, helping prevent sunburn.

3. I love that this shirt also comes with a money-back guarantee. If you don't love the rash guard, you can return it for a 100% refund.

Do I recommend this girls rash guard? Yes, my daughter loves the look of this top. This is my only recommendation for this company. My daughter hates the feel of the tags. Many kids have sensory issues and tags cause a lot of frustration. I recommend using some sort of stamp and removing the tag label. Even if we cut the label off it's usually still an irritation.

Right now, the girls rash guards are available on Amazon for $19.97. Pick up one and protect your child from harmful sun rays.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery Blu-ray Giveaway

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Scooby-Doo Where Are You? 
Everyone’s favorite crime fighting kids are back with their biggest mystery ever in Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery! To help them solve the case the Scooby gang teams up with Rock and Roll legends KISS for an all new Mystery Inc. adventure!
Get ready to Rock! Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. Gang team up with the one and only KISS in this all-new, out-of-this-world adventure! We join the Gang at Kiss World – the all-things-Kiss theme park, as they investigate a series of strange hauntings. With help from Kiss, they discover that the Crimson Witch has returned to summon The Destroyer from the alternate dimension of Kissteria! The evil duos ghastly plan, to destroy the earth! Can the Gang's cunning and Kiss's power of rock save the day?! Tune in to this Rock and Roll Mystery for some thunderous, heavy FUN!

My kids have always been big fans of Scooby-Doo movies. We still have some of them on VHS. My son's favorite is Scooby-Doo! and the Legend of the Vampire. ~ Stephanie

Want a great way to spend family movie night? Download these fun craft activites!

Play with the soundboard below to hear new and classic Scooby clips.

Mom Among Chaos is giving one lucky reader their very own copy of Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery! Enter in the form below. Ends 7/28.

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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Minions Movie Review

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About Minions: 
The story of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Minions begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. After accidentally killing off so many of them—from T. rex to Napoleon—the Minions find themselves without a master to serve and fall into a deep depression.

But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he—alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob—ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow.

The trio embarks upon an adventure that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award® winner Sandra Bullock), the world’s first-ever female super-villain. They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in mod London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minionkind...from annihilation.
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My older daughter won this Minion from a claw machine, so she made sure to bring him along to the movie.
Earlier this week my three children and I saw a prescreening of Minions in 3D. My kids are 17, 12, & 8. They are still talking about all the funny parts of the movie days later. My youngest wants a Minions themed birthday party for her 9th birthday in August. Btw, she loves Bob, the one with the two different colored eyes who holds a teddy bear. My son said he may go to the theater to see it again with his girlfriend. I call that a successful family movie. 

Of course, those little Minions are funny. But, I'm not sure I like the villain in this one, Scarlet Overkill, she is a bit too vengeful. I did like the 3D effects, but it would be just as good without the 3D. At 1 hour and 31 minutes I felt it was the perfect length for a kid's movie. It's rated PG so it's appropriate for any age. There was one part where my daughter was a little worried about what would happen next. A Minion looked like he might die, but luckily it had a happy ending. We especially liked seeing Gru at the ending and during the credits. The Despicable Me movies are so well liked that I hope they continue to make more of them. ~ Stephanie
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Friday, July 10, 2015

Netflix StreamTeam for June and July

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This summer, Hiccup and Toothless, from the critically acclaimed How to Train Your Dragon films are embarking on unparalleled adventures in the all-new Netflix original series Dragons: Race to the Edge - and inviting you along for the dragon ride.

Soaring beyond their home on the island of Berk in search of new dragons, Dragons: Race to the Edge introduces some of the most exciting dragons yet, each with its own amazing abilities -- shock waves, cannon balls and fire blasts, just to name a few.

With the magical Dragon Eye, an artifact Hiccup finds aboard an abandoned ship, Hiccup learns there is more outside the confines of Berk, and that a little curiosity and determination can make every day an exciting journey. In Hiccup's own words, this changes everything.

Thanks to Netflix I was able to surprise my girls with party favors!
My daughters and I had a marathon streaming of the first 7 episodes in one night. We met some new characters, a villain named Dagur the Deranged and a younger, rookie rider named Gustav. There is even have a new location, an island outpost they call Dragon's Edge. My girls have kept watching several more episodes to see what new adventures the Dragon Riders discover next. Get a first look at the all-new Netflix original series, Dragons: Race to the Edge.

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Ready for another adventure? Dive deeper into the unknown with these picks.

New on Netflix for Kids and Families:
Turbo FAST (Season 1 now streaming, new episodes 7/31)

New on Netflix for Adults:
CREEP (07/14) When a videographer (Patrick Brice) answers a Craigslist ad for a one-day job in a remote mountain town, he finds his client (Mark Duplass) is not at all what he initially seems.
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SEASONS 1 and 2 streaming now

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The women of Litchfield unapologetically return for the third coming. With a crisis of faith and their beliefs and loyalties being tested, each character must decide what and who to believe in.

I've enjoyed OITNB because as bad as my life gets, it's never as bad as theirs is in a women's prison. I really like the #SorrynotSorry theme this season. Are you wondering what else we've been watching for the last month? My girls and I are watching Gilmore Girls together from the beginning. I watched it years ago when it aired on tv, but I'm in such a different place in my life now that it feels like a new show to me. My youngest daughter likes to call them Glimmer Girls. We also watched Between, Parenthood, 30 Rock, Nikita, & Rules of Engagement. 
Bye for now & happy streaming! ~ Stephanie