Holiday Lights

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I love this time of year. There is something truly magically about it. One of our favorite things to do is drive around and look at lights. If you live in the Atlanta area I have a lights show for you to check out at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. 

We visited for the first time a two years ago and this has since become a yearly event for us. Not to mention my husband loves driving our car on the race track. I highly encourage you to check it out if you live in the Atlanta area!

November 27th - December 30th Drive thru over 3 million lights this Christmas season at Holiday Light Spectacular by Christmas Decor!  Located at Atlanta Motor Speedway, you will get to meet Santa himself and take pictures! Don't forget to grab a bite to eat in our food court, do a little shopping with our vendors and ride the carnival rides! Other special events include two movie nights and 5K to run through the lights at night! Visit us on Facebook or online at www.HolidayLightSpectacular.Info to plan your trip today!

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Hodge Podge Tuesday

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It's time for another round of my Hodge Podge Tuesday favorites.

1. Parenthood

I know I have posted about this show before but my gosh...if you haven't watched it please do! I truly think this show may be my favorite ever series I have watched. We finished the first five sessions on Netflix this past weekend and I was crying like a baby when it ended. I am dying for the last and final session to come on Netflix Anybody have any idea when it is supposed to air?

2. First 5 App

This is my new favorite app. It is through Proverbs 31 Ministries and is an app in which you set your alarm through the app and upon turning off your alarm it opens the app to a five minute bible study. The idea being that the first few minutes of your day and what you do with it have a huge impact on your day. This app is A-MAZING. Download it now.

3. Lysa TerKeurst

Related to the last favorite I had the opportunity to attend a woman's retreat last week and hear Lysa TerKeurst speak and you guys...I love her! The way she reads the Bible is incredible and I love that she has a passion for equipping women to share their stories for God's glory. I have recently read one of her books, The Best Yes, and would highly encourage you to read it as well. It is all about learning to say no so you can yes to the best requests.

4. Strong & Kind

I know I have also side bar posted about Korie Robertson's new book but it is so good and I am enjoying it so much that it is worth repeating. I have filled an entire notebook full of notes to discuss with my husband as they relate to parenting. The basic idea is that you need to pick two characteristic traits to engrave into your children. I will share more about the traits we choose later. 

5. Booties & Blanket Scarves

Booties and blanket scarves are the styles of the season. I am loving this pair and this scarf. These are going to the top of my Christmas list. 

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Your Morning Kick Start + Giveaway

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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Folgers. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Waking up to tackle the day is not easy. Especially when you have little ones at home and are living off of very little sleep like me; actually getting out of the bed can be a feat in and of itself. Especially when your little ones are ready to hit the road running and you are still trying to get out of  your sleep deprived funk.

 Many of us depend on that first bold taste of coffee flavor to get that caffeine kick to start off our day. I have learned just like we all have a different favorite song that gets us going we all like our coffee a certain way. For some that may mean they want a hazelnut flavor, milk, sugar, or perhaps a touch of cream. 

Folgers knows we all like our coffee a certain way and are helping us brew just what we want from our own home. They have created Folgers Flavors that allows you to #remixyourcoffee any way you like it. Folgers Flavors are concentrated flavor enhancers that are available in easy to carry squeezable containers to be used at-home or on the go. I love that they don't require refrigeration so they are easy to keep in a drawer at your desk or in your pantry. 

Folgers Flavors are available in four delicious flavors including Hazelnut, Vanilla, Mocha and Caramel. You can add these to your coffee whether hot or cold to create your own personalized coffee shop beverage in the convenience of your own home. 

This afternoon I enjoyed an iced coffee I made at home with Mocha Folgers Flavor add in. It was delicious and the perfect afternoon pick me up. Plus I saved the $5 I would have spent at a coffee shop.

YouTube sensation Mike Tompkins has put his unique spin on the iconic Folgers jingle and created an original a capella Folgers remix mash-up. Be sure to check out his video below and watch his music video here.

Enter to win two samples of Folgers Flavors below. Giveaway ends 11/11. 
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Strong and Kind + Giveaway

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Although I follow a lot of celebrities there is only a small percentage of those I follow that I look up of those people is Korie Robertson. For those of you who may not know who Korie is, although I seriously doubt it, Korie is the wife of Duck Commander® CEO Willie Robertson and star of A&E's beloved series Duck Dynasty. 

Korie is a mother of five (which is how many children I have always thought I wanted so that obviously bonds us) and a New York Times bestselling author of several books, including The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family, and Ducks built a Dynasty, written with Willie; Faith Commander: Living Five Values from the Parables with Jesus, written with her mother Chrys Howard; and The Women of Duck Commander: Surprising Insights from the Women Behind the Beards about What Makes this Family Work, written with all of the Robertson wives.  She is also an in-demand public speaker, Duck Commander® executive, entrepreneur and founder of boutique Duck and Dressing, and philanthropist, who remains active with a variety of organizations that focus on children, adoption, and foster care.  

I have followed Korie, her mother, and several of her children on Instagram for a few years and also watched her daughter Sadie on Dancing with the Stars and have been nothing but impressed especially with the way her kids are turning out - particularly how much they genuinely love the Lord and their family and want to cheer each other on in life. Three things I want most for my family. This family is the real deal. Plus Korie is good friends with Jen Hatmaker (my other woman crush) so that gives her bonus points in my eyes. 

That is why I am THRILLED to share with you guys that Korie has written a new book "STRONG and KIND: And Other Important Character Traits Your Child Needs to Succeed," that is all about parenting. Jackpot. I was so lucky to be sent an advanced copy of the book and have had a hard time putting the book down. I have actually read most of the pages twice and been working through it with an accompanying workbook. Korie is an entertaining writer and the content is gold. Every mother should read this book. 

In the book the mother of five argues hat developing good character in our children is the single most important thing we can do to help ensure they lead happy, healthy adult lives.  Robertson explores key traits and what they truly look like in action, asks readers to select the two traits that they hope to see most in their children, and shares hands-on ways for nurturing strength of character.  Written with her mother Chrys Howard and featuring stories and wisdom from husband Willie, STRONG and KIND cuts through the contemporary cacophony of parenting manuals to rediscover, unfold, and embrace the enduring wisdom that has guided the best parents for centuries. 

Do yourself a favor and order this book now. Because let's be honest. We need all the help we can get. 

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Baby Bath Time

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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for AVEENO® Eczema Therapy. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

In our house we take a try to take a bath every night single night. My toddler gets very messy during the day and LOVES bath time so it is basically a win-win. So much so that you have to be very careful not to say the "B" word unless you are 100% sure you have time to give him a bath because as soon as you say "bath" he goes running for the tub and starts stripping. 

I'm not going to lie...I love the smell of a baby fresh out of the tub. To be totally transparent I used to use Johnson and Johnson on my little guy but quickly learned that I could not. My little guy has very sensitive skin and suffers from eczema when products hit his skin. Plus the more I started learning about the Johnson and Johnson products the wearier I grew of using that product and quickly stopped using it. The last year I have been on the look out for a bath soap and lotion I could use on his dry skin that would cause his eczema to swell up. I am thrilled that I have finally found a product that works for us and knew I had to share with those other parents whose child might has have eczema. 

AVEENO®/AVEENO® Baby Eczema Therapy Collection was developed by leading dermatologists and awarded the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance for providing gentle, superior ingredients to sooth skin with eczema. What I love most about the AVEENO® brand is that they are known for harassing the power of natural ingredients so you don't have to worry that you are rubbing chemicals on to your babies body.  Their fragrance-free, hypoallergenic products are formulated with soothing ACTIVE NATURALS® Colloidal Oatmeal to care for the four symptoms of eczema which included itching, roughness, dryness, and irritation. I have tried several of their products on my son. 

The first I use on a as needed basis when his skin seems extra dry or I see the eczema flaring up. It is basically a packet you dump in your bath that creates an oatmeal bath for your baby. It leaves his skin feeling very soft but fair does make a bit of a mess in your tub but it is very worth it.

The other products I use EVERY SINGLE DAY now on my son are the hand cream and moisturizing cream. I rub the moisturizing cream all over his body and use the hand cream on the areas that tend to be most effected by eczema such as the back of his knees and his arms. When used as a regular regimen these products greatly help break the cycle of irritated skin so when though their is no cure for eczema the symptoms can be managed. 

I love these products and know that if your little one suffers from eczema you will like them too! 

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