Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Easter Traditions & Picnic Set Giveaway

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Easter is such a beautiful holiday. It reminds us that God gave us his only son to save us from our sins. This lovely gesture brings me tears when I attend the Good Friday service at church.

Easter is also time spent with family. What are some of your families Easter traditions? Make sure you keep reading to find out how you can win a gorgeous picnic set!

Easter Traditions & Picnic Set Giveaway

My family has a few Easter traditions. Every year (up until this year) we did an Easter egg hunt. I'm a little bit of a trickster. When my kids were little, I would find wrappers shoved into the couch. I would save them and make dud eggs. Can you imagine seeing your own trash in an egg? Well, I'm totally not mean mom, so there are also money eggs and candy eggs to be discovered.

When my girls were younger, I would have so much fun allowing them to pick out dresses. Some years they even had matching dresses. This phase did not last long, so I tell everyone I know if your kids let you dress them enjoy it.

Every Easter we eat together with my family. I love the special dinners I share with them. I love the warmth and love I feel when we all are together.

This year will be the first year without the egg hunt or Easter baskets. I have teenagers now. Things are a little different. You wouldn't catch them in a frilly dress, or running for eggs. We will be together with friends and family, and I'm sure there will be lots of laughter and warmth. Things may change, but family remains.

Check out these 6 ways to prep for an epic Easter!!!

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Autism Awareness Month

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April is autism awareness month. Autism is something near and dear to my heart because I have a daughter that is on the spectrum. Which at times can make parenting beautiful and hard.

Some people seem surprised when I tell them my daughter is on the spectrum. It's usually not something I talk about because if you think about it, we all are made uniquely. 

Autism Awareness Month

I first noticed a problem when my daughter was in 5th or 6th grade. She would melt down and always thought someone was bullying her at school. Then she stopped doing her homework.

I spent a whole summer having her tested, and that's when I learned about NLD, which is a non-verbal learning disorder. 

I beg of you if you sense that something is off with your child to get them tested. You as the parent know when something is off.  I'm not talking about having them checked with the school. I'm talking about hiring a psychiatrist to perform tests.  

Not only did I find out about NLD they discovered sensory issues and impulse.

When you learn what's wrong, it's like a light goes off in your head. It helps you to parent differently. Knowing what's wrong allows grace.

I also recommend working with a therapist to teach coping methods. I think using coping techniques has helped my daughter deal with life.

One excellent way to help is Aqua-Tots Snap program. SNAP is Aqua-Tots Swim School's special needs aquatic program. Aqua-Tots has terrific success stories from this adaptive swim education program. This program provides customized swim lessons to meet each child's specific needs. Also, the class accesses goals that you would like your child to achieve! So, each lesson is different for each child's needs! SNAP is one of a kind swim program located in the Metro Detroit area!

Your child will gain, so many incredible benefits from the SNAP program at Aqua-Tots Swim School. Here are just a few of things that you might notice in your child from attending SNAP classes.
  • Improved strength, flexibility, and coordination
  • Confidence and enhanced mood
  • Increased lung capacity
  • Pride and self-confidence
  • Social skills and new friendships
  • Teaches your child a life-saving skill
  • Swimming is terrific for non-verbal children
  • Helps with gaining independence
  • Swimming helps with neurological development
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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Breakthrough Movie Review

I received free tickets to this event. All opinions are 100% my own.
A few months ago I saw the trailer for Breakthrough, and I balled. I'm a mom of two girls, and I can't even imagine the pain this family went through. I knew I would cry during this film, but I knew I had to see it since Breakthrough is a true story.

Breakthrough Movie Review

BREAKTHROUGH is based on the inspirational true story of one mother’s unfaltering love in the face of impossible odds. When Joyce Smith’s adopted son John falls through an icy Missouri lake, all hope seems lost. But as John lies lifeless, Joyce refuses to give up. Her steadfast belief inspires those around her to continue to pray for John’s recovery, even in the face of every case history and scientific prediction. From producer DeVon Franklin (Miracles from Heaven) and adapted for the screen by Grant Nieporte (Seven Pounds) from Joyce Smith’s own book, BREAKTHROUGH is an enthralling reminder that faith and love can create a mountain of hope, and sometimes even a miracle.
Starring Chrissy Metz, Josh Lucas, Topher Grace, Mike Colter, Marcel Ruiz, Sam Trammell, and Dennis Haysbert.
Directed by Roxann Dawson.
Rated PG


Sometimes, I find some Christian movies are cheesy. This isn't one of them. My family and I attend movies usually weekly, and this was one of the best films I've seen in a while.

I didn't know quite what to expect from This is Us star, Chrissy Metz but she blew this role out of the water. I felt her pain that she felt over her child, I was on this journey right along with her. Her acting was superb. I'm getting all choked up just thinking about it.

The surprise in the movie for me was Topher Grace from the 70's Show. He played the pastor in the film. I really enjoyed his character. Well, I enjoyed him being poked at and standing by this family.

I don't want to give too much away. Go see this movie. I will be taking my husband and kids to see it. It's a beautiful movie to see around Easter. I give it 4.5 stars out of 5. Don't forget your Kleenex!

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Little Giveaway

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Can you imagine waking up one morning to your thirteen-year-old self? Or, being transported back by ten years? Knowing what you know now your life could and would be so different. 

Think back a bit. Were you a confident thirteen years old? What were you like? I know I had lots of hair and I was shy and would hide behind it. 

About Little:
Girls Trip’s Regina Hall and Black-ish’s Marsai Martin both star as Jordan Sanders — Hall as the take-no-prisoners tech mogul adult version of Jordan and Martin as the 13-year-old version of her who wakes up in her adult self’s penthouse just before a do-or-die presentation.
Insecure’s Issa Rae plays Jordan’s long-suffering assistant April, the only one in on the secret that her daily tormentor is now trapped in an awkward tween body just as everything is on the line. Little is an irreverent new comedy about the price of success, the power of sisterhood and having a second chance to grow up — and glow up — right.
Will Packer, blockbuster producer of Girls Trip, the Ride Along franchise, and ten movies that have opened No. 1 at the U.S. box office, including Night School, No Good Deed and Think Like a Man, brings an all-new perspective to the body-swap comedy.
Little is directed by Tina Gordon (writer, Drumline) with a story by Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip) and a screenplay by Oliver and Gordon, based on an idea by teen actress Martin. The film is produced by Packer and his producing partner James Lopez and by Kenya Barris (Girls Trip, Black-ish), and is executive produced by Preston Holmes (Night School), Hall, Marsai Martin, and Josh Martin.

This movie looks like a hoot, and I especially want to see it because Justin Hartley from This is Us is in it! Woot!

Little Giveaway

Enter to win the limited edition Little prize pack;
1 - Little “I Woke Up Like This” Promo Custom Tank. 
1 - Little Promo Eye Sleeping Mask (As seen in the film) 
1 - Little Promo Nail File

Each household is only eligible to win #LittleGlowUp Challenge Prize Pack via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. The winner is subject to eligibility verification.

The contest ends on 4/16. I can't wait to hear about your younger self!
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Friday, March 29, 2019

Getting in the Spring Spirit & $100 Giveaway

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I'm so happy that the Michigan long winter has finally ended. Yay! It's time to get in the spring spirit. For many people getting in the spring, spirit includes some cleaning and home improvement projects. I know we have a few things we want to do in our home and our beach house before the warm weather hits.

Getting in the Spring Spirit & $100 Giveaway

Last spring Guardian Alarm installed a home automation system in our home. I've enjoyed the last nine months of having it in my house. It provides me such peace of mind when I'm not home and when I go to sleep at night. It's like having an armored guard protecting my family.

I also love being able to get up in the morning and know exactly what to expect before I walk outside. I enjoy how Guardian Alarm automates my life.

Have I mentioned I can spy on my kids when I'm not home? Score a point for this mom. Not only is Guadian Alarm excellent it's so affordable!!! 

Right now, Guardian Alarm is offering a FREE indoor/outdoor camera with an installation of a home security system! How awesome!

I swear the moment I lay down to take a nap my doorbell rings. It would be so pleasant to look at my phone to see who's standing at my door. Most of the time it's my sweet mailman but who wants to answer the door for a solicitor? Guardian Alarm provides you protection and saves you unnecessary trips to the front door. I LOVE it!

To get you in the spring spirit Guardian Alarm is giving away $100 prepaid credit card! Enter below. This contest ends on 4/19/19.

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