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Life is good, I take it for granted too often. I have a fabulous, supportive husband and a beautiful son who is always teaching me the simplicity of life. My day is made when samples fill my mailbox. I love discovering a new product and sharing it with others. I'm addicted to coupons and every penny counts. I hope you will enjoy reading my posts and will share your success stories with me as well.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Letterpress Blocks from Dayspring Review


 TRUST.  God has been reminding me of this simple but very important word the past several weeks.  I have these letterpress blocks in my family room right now and I love being reminded to TRUST every time I walk into the room.  

Dayspring is the designer of these really awesome letterpress blocks!  You can create your own word or choose a word that has already been created by Dayspring.  These blocks are very well made and can either stand alone or be mounted on a wall.  You can receive 20% off your purchase of letterpress blocks by using code LOVE20.  This code is good through December 31, 2015.

I also love some of these ideas.  These letterpress blocks add such a warm touch to the home!




Disclosure - I received a complimentary set of the letterpress blocks from Dayspring.  All opinions expressed here are my own.

Xlear Review & Giveaway

 

Xlear, Inc. is committed to providing consumers with the health benefits of xylitol, a naturally occurring sweetener, by manufacturing all-natural, health-enhancing products.

The Xlear Nasal spray is a soothing nasal spray that helps alleviate congestion due to allergies, cold, flu, and sinusitis.  When used twice a day, Xlear nasal spray hydrates the sinuses and nasal passages and also helps to wash away airborne contaminants and pollutants.  My opinion - the nasal spray is easy to use and it did help clear my stuffy nose. 

The Spry toothpaste consists of 1/3 xylitol, which provides 20-25% of the recommended dosage per day.  Xylitol increases mineral absorption into the enamel of the teeth, resulting in greater protection with a clean, fresh feeling that lasts.  My opinion - I wasn't in love with the flavor of the toothpaste and my mouth actually felt dry after brushing with it.

Spry Oral Rinse uses a mix of natural flavorings and herbal extracts along with a xylitol-rich, low alcohol, and pH-neutral formula.  My opinion - this was one of the nicest mouthwashes I've used.  It was very refreshing and gentle and left my mouth feeling super clean and fresh.

Spry Gum - this gum is 100% Xylitol sweetened and is non-gmo and gluten free.  It's available in four flavors: spearmint, wintergreen, cinnamon, and peppermint.  My opinion - I tried the peppermint and although I loved the taste, the flavor only lasted for about 15 seconds and then I was ready to spit the gum out.

Spry Gems - these mints are also sweetened with 100% Xylitol and are non-gmo and gluten free.  They come in berry, cinnamon, peppermint, spearmint, and lemon cream flavors.  My opinion - the cinnamon was my favorite and I really liked the taste and the way my mouth felt after eating one.

Right now you can get the Xlear Care Kit (valued at $65) for only $25 (plus s&h) by using the code SAVE50.  Visit here to get this special discount.  This offer will expire on June 30th.

I'm also giving away one 1.5 fl oz of the Xlear Nasal Spray to one of my readers!  Enter below and the winner will be chosen on Friday, May 29th.


Disclosure - I received these products for free from the sponsor of Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer.  As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog.  My opinions do not necessarily reflect opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.

To learn more about Xylitol, check out some of these links:
http://www.yourdentistryguide.com/xylitol/
http://www.livestrong.com/article/85091-dangers-xylitol/


Monday, May 18, 2015

Exploding Sidewalk Art

This was a really fun activity for Bradley.  I was personally hoping for a bigger explosion but I suppose it was better to be safe and practical for a toddler.  :)


Ingredients
White Vinegar
Baking Soda
Corn Starch
Food Coloring
Ziploc Bags
Paper Towel cut up in a square

Directions
There isn't an exact measurement to the ingredients.  I just scooped and poured until it felt right.  Mix corn starch, vinegar, and food coloring in Ziploc bag.  You want the bag to be at least 1/3 full.  I just added the ingredients, sealed the bag, and shook it...it combined perfectly.  Pour some baking soda into the center of the paper towel and fold towel around the baking soda.  When you are ready to make the exploding art, drop the baking soda bomb into the ziploc bag and seal bag completely.  Give the bag a couple of shakes and watch it expand and explode.

Bradley scooping the corn starch into the bag.

I only had two colors, purple and green, but Bradley didn't care.  He loved squeezing the coloring into the mixture.

Baking soda bomb

Watching the bags explode colors on the driveway

  He loved splashing his feet into the colors.

Getting messy was the best part for him!

 Clean-up was super easy with the hose.



Our Weekend Recap

So I only took 5 pictures this weekend.  It was a laid back but busy enough weekend.

Bradley and I started Saturday morning off with cartoons while Mike was at a Men's Breakfast at church on Saturday morning.

After three weeks of not being able to get a burn permit, we finally got one!  So we had lots of yard brush to get rid of.  We spent 4 hours on Saturday picking up sticks and burning them.  I got my 10,000 steps in before 12 noon which was a nice benefit of working in the yard.  

Bradley was really cute pitching in and raking leaves.

This little guy has such a tender heart always wanting to help!

Back to being a kid again...water, dirt, leaves, and sticks, what more could a little boy want?

I had a massage on Saturday afternoon and then we chilled for the rest of the night!

On Sunday, we went to church and we are in a series called "Make Your Move".  It's an excellent study and you can listen to the sermon here.  After lunch with friends. we had just enough time to clean the house before it was time for me to leave for If Table while Mike and Bradley stayed home and had some friends over.  Another weekend has hit the books and we are ready for a fresh new week!


Friday, May 15, 2015

Plated - Fresh Ingredients Delivered



I had an offer too great to pass up for another home delivery meal service like Hello Fresh.  This one is called Plated and you buy two meals and you get four meals free.  So my total was only $24 for 3 meals feeding two adults each.  I received my box today and I was more impressed with the packaging with Plated than I was with Hello Fresh.  The items in the box were very organized and each bag had the description of the meal on it. 

 I was happy to see antibiotic free meat!  

I loved the large recipe cards with vibrant pictures and easy to follow instructions. 

The Plated website is very easy to navigate and canceling my future orders was a piece of cake.  It was a lot easier than Hello Fresh.  Again, I think this a very convenient service but I can't justify the costs with me being a SAHM and having time to plan menus and grocery shop.  But if I ever go back to working full time, I'll definitely become a loyal customer!



Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Art of Losing Yourself by Katie Ganshert Book Review


The Art of Losing Yourself is a story about two half-sisters each searching for something in their life.  Carmen looks like she has it all together on the outside but is desperately seeking hope for herself and her marriage.  Gracie is just a young teenage girl feeling abandoned by her alcoholic mother and wanting to be loved by someone.  Katie Ganshert does a terrific job writing two individual stories yet blending them together in a story full of forgiveness, hope, faith, and love.  I really liked this novel and will definitely be looking for more books from this author.

Disclosure - I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books.  All opinions expressed here are my own.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Homemade Chocolate Pudding


 Goodbye chocolate pudding box mix....hello chocolate creamy goodness made from scratch!  The flavors you get making this homemade are so much richer than what you get from a box mix.  Super simple recipe with only six ingredients.

Ingredients
1/2 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/4 cup corn starch
2 3/4 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions
Whisk sugar, cocoa, corn starch, and milk in a saucepan over medium heat.  Continue stirring until pudding thickens and starts to boil.  Turn off heat and add the butter and vanilla. Stir until butter is melted.  Pour the pudding into 6 bowls and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.  Serve with whipped cream on top if preferred.