Some of my favorite blogs to stalk

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Thank you all for bearing in there with me as we work some construction changes on the blog. I am hoping it will be more user friendly by the end of it all but I would love feedback on what you think so is still a work in progress but we are nearing the finish line. :) 

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O.k. now on to the fun stuff. I thought it would be fun to share with you all some of my favorite blogs that I stalk on a daily basis. I love reading these blogs getting inspired by these women who are such amazing mothers, business woman, home decorators, chefs, Christians, and friends. Check them out below and show them some love! 

  • Mix and Match Family: Shay is a food blogger but her Mix and Match Family blog is all about her family. Shay is the sister of famous bachelor, Sean Lowe, and has the most precious family. She recently adopted the cutest little girl (Ashby) from China and writes all about fashion, food, and family. This is hands down one of my FAVORITE blogs to read. 

  • My Sweet Savannah: Want to be totally inspired when it comes to home decor? I love Melanie's sense of style and her taste. 

  •  House Tweaking: I really like Dana's photos and her style of writing. 

  • You Can Sit With Us: A lifestyle blog written by my amazing cousin (in-law) Joanna and her three amazing friends. Love this blog as you get posts from four awesome women at four very different stages of life. This blog is the perfect mix of a little bit of everything. 

  • Pinterest Told Me To: First of all anyone with an awesome name like Sheaffer of course I had to read their blog. Secondly, this girl is BFF's with Shay from Mix Match Family. She write hilarious Bachelor, Bachelorette, Bachelor in Paradise recaps and features some awesome outfits! 

What are some of your go-to daily reads? Please share in the comments below.

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Book Review Dark Rising: Book #2 of the Archangel Prophecies

By 2:49 PM
Thank you to Monica McGurk for sponsoring this post. Click here to check out Dark Hope: Book One of the Archangel Prophecies by Monica McGurk.

If you have been reading my blog since last August you will remember me posting about the first book in the Archangel Prophecies Trilogy called Dark Hope: Book One of the Archangel Prophecies. Well, I am excited to tell you that Monica McGurk has done it again! I had the opportunity to read her second book in the series and it did not disappoint

Dark Rising written by Monica McGurk continues the story of Hope Carmichael who is the survivor of a child abduction and currently on the run. The only problem is Hope is not completely sure who she is running from...the mark on her neck has branded her and the Fallen Angels think that Hope is the long lost answer to getting in to Heaven by force. Hope, on the other hand, is searching down the true item that will open Heaven's gates so she can destroy it all while also running from the group of human traffickers that are searching for their revenge. This book explores some deep themes including love, jealousy, fate, trust, and identity. 

I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to my friends. However, I must warn you. This book similar to the first in the series, is one that will get you thinking about some deep and even dark themes including human trafficking and empowerment. 

For those of you who don't know Monica McGurk (the author) is passionate on ending human trafficking and a huge advocate for women.  You can check her out on social media below:

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The 20 Question Game

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It's been a while since I've done a get to know you post so when I saw this 20 question game on Meet the Sullivans I decided to join in on the fun!

1. Favorite food:
Easy. Mexican hands down. I could eat it five times a week. I love it so much that I totally don't count Moe's as eating Mexican. :) 

2. Flip flops or high heels:
Flip flops all the way. I a not a friend of sore feet. Although I do wear them several times a  week to work but I also totally rock a cute wedge. 

3. Favorite places to shop for yourself:
Pretty much all of my clothes come from TJ Maxx, Marshalls, online boutiques, or everyone's favorite....Target! 

4. Standard Coffee order:
Chai Tea Latte or Pumpkin Spice Latte when it is in season

5. Road trip must have snack:
Chewy Sprees (I'm an addict), Mentos, and anything cheesy. 

6. DIY or hire it out?
I would say we are DIYers 80% of the time. My husband is SUPER handy and has been known to replace our water heater, change oils in our cars, paint our home, change out light fixtures, and more. However, when it comes to the things we don't find fun we are not opposed to hiring it out. We have a SAINT who cleans our house every three weeks and have hired out our exterior of our home to be painted. Basically we take the fun stuff or things we can't bear to pay for and hire out the things that are going to suck tons of time and are basic. 

7. Top 5 TV shows:
Bachelor/Bachelorette, Walking Dead, Revenge, Modern Family, Jim Gaffigan Show, Duck Dynasty (if you have not seen Jon Luke and Mary Kate's wedding you need to...adorable!)....I have also recently started binge watching Parenthood and have become addicted

8. Favorite Book: 
Heaven is Real is one of my all time favorites.

9. Favorite Form of Exercising:
Pure Bare or Walking.

10. How tall are you?
5'5.5" and in case you were wondering, yes that extra 1/2 an inch matters

11. Do you try something new at restaurants or stick to your favorites?
I'm a creature of habit and stick to my favorites. 

12. One make up item you can't live without:
My phone.

13. What's on your nightstand?
A framed picture from our wedding, candle, coaster with a picture of my mom and in in college, lamp, phone charger, and baby monitor.

14. What's one thing motherhood has taught you?
Only one thing? That's tough. I guess if I could just pick one thing it would be that time is SO precious. Babies grow so blink and they are a toddler. Soak it up people and don't blink! 

15. Music that reminds you of high school:
N'Sync or get ready...Nobody's it all all 2000 kids.

16. If you could live anywhere in the world besides your current city where would you live?
I think I would love living in Nashville or Charlotte...

17. Tell us something about you we might not know:
I'm a bit of a germ avoid-er. I do not share drinks with anyone besides my husband and even if I do that (which is seldom) I have to have two straws. I won't share a dessert so if you go out to dinner with me we will need to get two plates and cut the dessert in half and put it on our own plates before eating. Also, airports gross me out. I don't touch the railings on the sky train...ew! 

18. Websites you read/browse (besides blogs):
Goodness, I'm lucky if I get to pursue Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and my favorite blogs everyday.

19. Morning person or Night owl?
Morning person for sure!  I am way more productive in the morning...and crash at night!

20. Favorite Breakfast meal:
Donuts...I have an obsession. It is my guilty pleasure.

What about you? Want to play along?

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Bottle Feeding Doesn't Have to Be Stressful

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Bottles. I have a love/hate relationship with them. For real. Love them because they provide a way for my baby to eat when I'm not there which as a working mom is super important. Hate them because they can be hard to clean and babies can be super picky when it comes to which bottle they will take. 

Well, fear not mommas! I have found a bottle that I would recommend you try out. Mimbie is a high quality soft silicone baby’s bottle teat with revolutionized design-functionality that nurtures a newborn’s instinctive breastfeeding technique.The bottle is BPA free but the most amazing part about the bottle, especially for those newborns, is that the bottle creates no difference in a babies feeding pattern after having a bottle versus nursing. 

Mimbie is perfect for moms like myself that are breastfeeding mothers who need to go back to work as the product is comfortable for babies to feed from and also supportive of continued breastfeeding. 

Seriously, do yourself a favor and add this bottle to your registry today. You will thank me later. Here are 3good reasons to try this bottle and get excited about the fact that you can both bottle and breastfeed.

1. Bottle feeding lets dad, grandparents, etc. bond with the baby as well.
2. The Mimbie bottle air vent adjusts to your baby's feed rate. 
3. The Mimbie bottles are made of glass so you do not have to work about BPA junk. :) 

Disclosure:  I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this company. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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Help Your Little One "Graduate" to Chewed Foods + Giveaway

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Disclosure:  I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this company. The opinions on this blog are my own.

O.k. who has seen the adorable video below?  It makes me laugh every time.

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But seriously moms and dads...we have been there. Going from liquids to solids can be a big adjustment in your little one's life. Before you know it that gag reflex kicks in and they are gagging and spewing food everywhere. 

Thanks to Gerber’s 3rd Foods® Lil Bits™ Recipes this transition does not have to be so hard anymore on the little guy/gal or on mom and dad. Gerber’s 3rd Foods® Lil Bits™ Recipes are made with perfectly sized soft bits of fruits or veggies that are mixed with baby food to help your baby learn to chew. Gerber’s 3rd Foods® Lil Bits™ Recipes offer a gradual texture progression that help babies learn the skills they need to transition to table food learning how to chew. Each Lil’ Bits recipe is made with perfectly sized soft pieces of fruits or veggies and no added salt, starch, or artificial colors or flavors.

So how do you know your baby is ready to start transitioning? Below are five signs your baby might be ready to start trying these foods:

1. They are still hungry after eating the stage 1 or stage 2 baby food.
2. They are showing interest in what you are eating. 
3. They have begun to crawl or are sitting up on their own.
4. They can grasp on to a spoon or similar object. 
5. They are loosing interest in the stage 1 and stage 2 foods. 

For us this transition began to happen when our little guy was about 4 months old but it still took him a few months to actually learn to chew. This product greatly increased his comfortably with chewing while still allowing him to get the needed nutrients from the fruits and veggies. 

I love that Gerber has created the "Chew U-inversity" to help make this milestone fun! Way to go Gerber for helping us celebrate these amazing milestones! Below is a photo of our proud little guy in his "graduation gear."

You can enter to win 1 of 100 daily prizes at Gerber Chew U Instant Win giveaway by visiting this link and completing the below two steps.

1. Enter an application for your little one to Gerber Chew University
2. Return to the site daily to for a chance to win! 100 winners per day will receive Class of 2015 Chew U prizes. Promotion period ends on September 4, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. ET

Disclosure:  I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this company. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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So excited for this movie + Giveaway

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Hey everybody! Happy Monday! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend! We sure did. It was full of time with our niece and nephews which we so enjoyed but we are exhausted this morning. Four kids ages 5 and under will do that to you. :)

In case you aren't aware I wanted to let you know about a movie that is coming out September 11th that I am SO excited about. This movie is based off one of my favorite ever books that was truly life changing for me. 

90 Minutes in Heaven, starring Hayden Christensen (Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith), Kate Bosworth (Remember The Titans, Blue Crush) Michael W. Smith, Fred Thompson, Dwight Yoakam, and Jason Kennedy, 90 Minutes In Heaven is based on the inspiring New York Times best-selling book that has sold 7 million copies. Check out the trailer here
The book/movie tells the story of Pastor Don Piper who died January 18, 1989 when a semi-tractor truck crushed his car.  Declared dead by the first rescue workers to arrive on the scene, Don's body lay under a tarp for the next 90 minutes.  Don's soul, meanwhile, was experiencing love, joy, and life like he'd never known before.  Don was in Heaven.  

When another pastor's prayers helped bring Don back to life, he became a living miracle!  Yet this is one miracle Don wished never happened.  Heaven's bliss was replaced by excruciating pain and emotional turmoil.  With the support and prayers of his beloved Eva, their three kids, and friends near and far, Don clings to his faith in God and fights to regain a semblance of his previous life.  The Piper family's incredible true story of perseverance and overcoming the challenges of life - and death - will bring hope and encouragement to all who see it. This book will truly give you a total new perspective of death and after life in Heaven. 

I read this book right after loosing my grandfather who was a second dad to me. It truly changed my perspective on so many things. I can't wait to see this story be made into a movie and highly encourage you all to check it out. 

I have one copy of the movie edition of this book to give away to a lucky US winner! 
Enter to win via Rafflecopter below. 
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Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing the prize for this 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 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. 

Disclosure:  I received a sample of this book as part of my affiliation with this company. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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Back to School Shopping

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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Carter’s. I received a complimentary gift card to facilitate my review and thank me for my participation.

How in the world is it already back to school time? It always amazes me how quickly time passes. Speaking of time passing my baby is already 13.5 months old! Someone pass me a tissue. It is truly unbelievable how quickly he is growing and changing and with growth comes the need for new clothes.

We are getting ready to transition in to the toddler room at my son's school next week (another tissue please) and were in need of some new clothes for this summer heat we are having and also clothes to get us in to fall. So this past weekend we made a fun Saturday morning out of it as a family and hit up one of my favorite places for cute, functional, affordable clothes that are durable; Carter's. 

And I'm here to tell you...back to school shopping can be fun! So, so fun when you are shopping for adorable clothes for your babies. See how happy even my baby is?

Ya'll, I went a little crazy. They had SO much adorable stuff and some awesome prices and markdowns. if you are in need of clothes for your little ones you need to make a trip this week to your local Carter's or search online. They have some AWESOME deals going on right now. We were able to get everything pictured below for UNDER $100! 

Even my husband who is not a shopper was super impressed. And right now you can use the below coupon or coupon code online through 8/14 to save even more money!

Carter's provides a huge selection of easy, cute, colorful, comfortable outfit sets and coordinated shorts and pants that are play ready! And did you know that Carter's now offers clothing up to size 8 and shoes up to 3y? 

What are you waiting on? Visit  or a local Carter's store to check out some of their cute options and get ready for fall and back to school and you too can score some awesome deals like we did! 

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I can see clearly now...

By 10:02 AM ,
The rain is gone.... Ha, just kidding...

Today I wanted to share with you all my new pair of glasses from Firmoo. For those of you who are not familiar with Firmoo or may have missed my previous posts about this company Firmoo is the world's most popular online glasses company. They offer great deals on glass es(seriously you can purchase a pair of glasses for less than $15) and sunglasses. I have purchased and received several different pairs of glasses from Firmoo now and have never been disappointed. Since they are affordable they are great to get yourself a few extra pairs so you can leave one at work, home, in the car, etc. 

I have shared before my struggle with chronic dry eye and how now much to my dismay I can only wear contacts a couples times a week for a few hours at a time. Luckily thanks to Firmoo I am provided an inexpensive option that allows me to shake up my style easily and inexpensively when I get tired of my pair of glasses. 

I highly recommend this company for those of you who are blind like myself, ha, or even for those of you looking for readers or sunglasses.

Disclosure: I received a free product in exchange for a honest review based on personal experience with this product. No monetary compensation was received or will be received between MFJ and the associated company with this product. 

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