Sunday, September 30, 2012

How I Plan to Get Fit #shapelygirl

I like to eat. And I don't like to exercise. Did I mention I'm only 5 foot tall? Yeah, so I'm kinda in trouble. Every extra pound shows. And I don't like it at all. But that's not the only thing. I'm only 33 years old and already have problems with high blood pressure. I need to get healthy for my kids! I can complain all I want about how much I weigh but unless I get up off my butt and do something it's never going to change. As much as I would love to have a Fairy Godmother to wave her magic wand, I don't think that is going to happen.

But in a way though I do have a Fairy Godmother, Debra Mazda from ShapelyGirl Fitness. She has already been through this journey of getting healthy and fit. And she did it! Now she works toward helping others do the same. She will be right with me the entire time I do this. If I have questions or concerns, I can go to her and ask what I can do to make it better. One thing I really love is that Debra doesn't focus on the weight loss, but more on the aspect of getting healthier and learning to be the best you you can be.

When I first saw that Christian Women Affiliate was putting together a review crew for this...I hesitated. Did I want to commit myself to really starting on the journey of getting healthier and in better shape? It's not that I don't want to, but that this isn't something to take lightly. It's a lifestyle change.

For the next month I'm going to be trying (and hopefully succeeding) in my journey to losing weight and learning to be healthier. I won't be alone. There are 26 other women doing the same thing. We will be there to support each other and encourage others to keep moving forward.  I have a new workout DVD called Walking Fit and Fabulous that is going to be my main choice of exercise to start out. It will be done at least 3 times during the week.
This video is a fun, easy to follow, low-impact video that will have you sweating and burning calories. You’ll tone your body while losing weight. Each song has it's own routine that is challenging, motivating and will make you feel and look good. 

Included are a 10-minute bonus track and 4 pre-mixes so you’ll never get bored or tired. You’ll have a new routine every day. An expanded version of Debra's signature “Circle Time” is also included. Come join Debra and the girls for an energizing workout! 

Level: Beginners and all fitness levels 

I really am very excited to try this out and to see the results I get after a full month of use. I'm also going to try to eat healthier. This will be a biggie for me. I'm a southern girl. We like fried foods! And I really like my pop. :( Oh well, I'm just going to have to learn everything in moderation!

I hope you'll come back and see how I'm doing and be sure and cheer me on. I haven't measured or weighed myself yet. I think I will do all that tomorrow before I officially start. But I am going to leave you with the last picture taken of me. This was about 3 weeks ago. Ignore the date on the picture. You know how that works. ;) Anyways, let's see what things look like in a month, shall we?

You can find out more about ShapelyGirl Fitness on Facebook and on Twitter using the hashtag #shapelygirl.

Also you can see how the other ladies are doing by clicking on the links below. :)

*I received the DVD free for review from Christian Women Affiliate and Debra Mazda. All opinions stated above are my own and were in no way influenced. Results may vary*

Friday, September 28, 2012

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Music Monday: Love Stops the Hands of Time

I've always been a sucker for the bad boys. I married one, ya know. ;)

The movie Rich Girl came out in 1991. I was just starting middle school and Robby was graduating high school. I fell in love with Rick (the character in the movie...HELLO, he's totally hot and a bad boy lead singer? That's a no-brainer) and thought one day I'll find my love like Courtney did. We met 9 years later...and our lives have been NOTHING like the storyline but it's love so it's okay. :) Now  I'm not saying it wouldn't be nice to have a band member for a husband....but he wasn't into that. He can rock out well in the car though. That has to count for something, right?

Anyways, I've been YouTubing again....and I saw this and had to share. I watched the movie this morning. I still love Rick. Shhh, don't tell Robby. ;)

P.S. If you click on the link about to see what the movie is about it takes you to Amazon. Well, Amazon doesn't carry it but you can buy it from sellers. And REALLY!? Someone is selling a "new" vhs copy for $121.99 and "used" for $44.99? Are these people on drugs? I mean I LOVE the movie....but I could probably get a bootleg dvd for like $12. Not that I would do that (I don't break the law, I just like the gyus who do). I'm just sayin' that's kinda crazy....

Friday, September 21, 2012

30% off any Blurb photo book!

Major deal alert with one of Blurb's biggest sales ever! 

Have a Blurb book that you have been working on? Or maybe you have been wanting to create a book with all of the pictures you have stored on your camera, on Facebook or on Instagram? Well NOW is the time to order a book from Blurb during this huge sale! 

 It's the perfect time to capture the moments of summer gone by in a beautiful photo book - from a summer vacation, to days at the beach, or your child's first day of school! Or maybe you would love to to get a head start on your holiday gift shopping and put all of those family recipes into a book! 

 From now until 9/24, you can get 30% off any book you create with promo code FLASH30! Hurry because this amazing offer ends soon!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Dollar Tree under $1 Deals 9/16 - 9/22

As we've all heard Dollar Tree has recently starting accepting coupons. Which is an absolutely wonderful thing! You are going to be able to save even more than you did before!  

Here are some of the things you can snag cheap or FREE this week...

Sally Hansen Nail Color $1Use the coupon from this last Sunday's paper
Final Price FREE!
Buy Bayer Asprin 20ct $1
Use $1/1 Bayer Aspirin Product, exp. 10/28/12 (SS 09/16/12)
Total: FREE

Buy Gain Dryer Sheets $1
Use $1/1 Gain Detergent or Gain Fabric Softener, exp. 10/31/12 (RP 09/16/12)
Total: FREE
Fun Da Middles $1 $0.50/1 Betty Crocker Fun Da-Middles Cupcake Mix, exp. 11/3/12 (SS 09/09/12)
Total: $.50

Buy Rotel $1Use $1/3 Ro*Tel Diced Tomatoes, exp. 10/28/12 (SS 09/16/12 R)
or use $.40/2 Ro*Tel Diced Tomatoes, exp. 10/28/12 (SS 09/16/12 R)
Total: as low as $.77 

Now please remember this is a recent change for Dollar Tree, let's bear with them as they get their coupon policy straightened out. For more info on their policy and what's going on check out this post by, Multiple Transactions Problems at Dollar Tree.

A great big thanks to for sharing this info with me!

2 days, $2 ... Stock up & SAVE!!

2 days, $2 ... Stock up & SAVE!!

Eversave is having an amazing $2 stock up sale! This will be great for the upcoming holidays! And they have some really great things for only $2. Just look at some of the things you can get.

*S/H not included.

Tiny Prints Deal of the Day ~ 50% off Address Labels and Gift Tags

Enjoy 50% off address labels and gift tags from Tiny Prints with code DOD0920.

There are so many awesome things you could do with the gift tags! They have a large assortment such as Hello Kitty, Spongebob, and Holiday designs. If you are going to be handing out treat bags for Halloween this year you could personalize them with some super cute tags like the one below!

Click here to design yours now!

Offer applies exclusively to address labels and gift tags and cannot be combined with other offers. There is no minimum purchase required for this promotion. Offer is only valid on Tiny Prints. 
Offer expires 9/21/12 at 8:00 am (PT).

Have It Your Way $200 Giveaway


Welcome to The Awesome Have It Your Way BlogGY Giveaway!

This wonderful event is brought to you by,
Jenn's Blah Blah Blog, Dishin' With Rebelle, and Contest 4 That,who will proudly be launching Pink Ninja Media in the next few weeks.

Special thanks to our wonderful co-hosts Zoes Printable Coupons, PrewChatterly Everything Girly, Capri's Coupons,

This is such an AWESOME giveaway because YOU get to choose what you win! You get to choose your prize, ANY PRIZE, up to $200. You could pick a Kindle, PayPal cash, a gas card, a gift card...literally ANYTHING. Shipping is included in the giveaway. 

  • Giveaway is open Worldwide.
  • Giveaway will start on September 20, 2012 at 12:01am EST and end on October 20, 2012 at 11:59pm EST.
  • One Lucky Person Will Win ANYTHING THEY WANT, valued up to $200 with shipping.
  • Please use the Rafflecopter form below to enter.
  • We realize there's a lot of bloggers, so we added extra entries! Earn an additional 25 entries for completing certain tasks on the Rafflecopter. Remember you only have to complete mandatory entries to enter the giveaway, the rest are extra entries. Giveaway runs an entire month so you don't have to finish it in one sitting, remember to come back for daily tasks to earn more. You'll also be introduced to some AMAZING Bloggers, each blogger in this event is awesome and brings something special and unique.

Disclaimer: This blog is not responsible for shipment of prize, Jenn's Blah Blah Blog will be responsible for shipping prize to winner. I did not accept any form of payment to help promote this giveaway.

Witchy Lawn Inflatable Giveaway

Halloween is quickly approaching!

Decorating yards can be a tedious task, but not with a lawn inflatable. Simply plug it in and let it inflate for an instantly spooky yard!

The Three Witches & Cauldron Lawn Inflatable measures approximately 6' high x 50" wide. Made of weather-resistant vinyl that can be used indoors or outside! The power cord is 52" long, so you have plenty of room to reach an outside outlet.


The Witchy Lawn Inflatable inflates when plugged in and deflates when unplugged. Made of Nylon, Plastic and Metal. You also get 8 stakes, 4 tethers, 1 Spare Bulb and 1 Spare Fuse to keep your Witchy Lawn Inflatable looking awesome for the years to come!

Mom Powered Media wants to help one lucky reader decorate their yard this year!

Please make sure you read the Giveaway Rules before you enter! Giveaway is open to US and Canada!

Homeschool Freebie of the Day: The Story of William Tell


A classic retelling of the amazing true story (or is it a legend?) of the national hero of Switzerland - mountaineer, shepherd and bowman, William Tell. Read the story of how Tell 
was forced by the cruel governor Gessler, to shoot an apple off his son's head, and how Tell became instrumental in leading the Swiss people to freedom. Excellent, concisely 
written historical narrative, just right for read aloud or study assignments.

Available today only at Homeschool Freebie of the Day.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

FREE Pirate Treasure Map Printable

I found this super cute Treasure Map printable that I'm sure your kids will LOVE! Print it out and celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day with a treasure hunt!

You can also get a free printable pirate coloring book.


ARRRGH Me Mateys!! Today be Talk Like A Pirate Day an' I've got some freebies fer ya!

Today  is Talk Like a Pirate Day and that means there will be some fun freebies around town. Here's a roundup of special deals, free meals and just some fun things to make or bake with the kids!

Krispy Kreme: FREE Glazed Donut when you talk like a pirate or wear an eye patch. Get ONE DOZEN Free Donuts when you come dressed in full Pirate Regalia! *9/19 Only, No Weapons Allowed

Long John Silvers: FREE Piece of Fish when you talk like a pirate *9/19 only

Chili's: FREE Chips & Queso when you sign up HERE and FREE Appetizer or dessert coupon through 9/19 HERE

Arby's: Last year they gave away a FREE Value Menu Item when you texted AHOY to 27297 - we'll have to wait see if they'll renew that offer this year!

TGI Fridays: FREE Appetizer or Dessert when you join the fan club HERE

Burger King: BOGO Whopper, Chicken Sandwich and more coupons

Family Fun for Pirate Day:

Text Like a Pirate:

Get this Say What? Pirate Pack translator app for just $.99 - plus you'll get a FREE $1 MP3 Credit when you order it!

Basic Pirate Lingo:

Ahoy! - "Hello!" 
Avast! - Stop and give attention. It can be used in a sense of surprise, "Whoa! Get a load of that!" which today makes it more of a "Check it out" or "No way!"
Aye! - "Why yes, I agree most heartily with everything you just said or did." 
Aye aye! - "I'll get right on that sir, as soon as my break is over." 
Arrr! - This one is often confused with arrrgh, which is of course the sound you make when you sit on a belaying pin. "Arrr!" can mean, variously, "yes," "I agree," "I'm happy," "I'm enjoying this Diet Coke."  

Pirate Jokes (Harrdy-haarr-haarr):

Q: What is a pirate's favorite kind of cookie?
A: Ships Ahoy!

Q: Whay are pirates so mean?
A: I don't know they just aaarrgghhh!

Q: What to pirate's like to eat?
A: Barrrrbeque!

Thanks Time 2 Save for sharing this with me! :)

Homeschool Freebie of the Day: Peter and Polly in Autumn

Today at Homeschool Freebie of the Day you can get this for FREE. Today only, so hurry! 


Here's a lovely little storybook from 1919 following the adventures of Peter & Polly, their family and their pets on their farm from the first warm, golden days of the season 
to the first snowflakes of Fall. BEAUTIFUL golden tinted illustrations throughout in this delightful, old-fashioned school story book.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Imagination Movers CD/DVD Review & Giveaway

Matthew loves watching tv in the early morning. I don't really mind because it gives me time to wake up. :) And most of the shows he watch are really educational. He has learned a lot from them.

One of his favorite shows is Disney Junior's Imagination Movers.

He loves to sing and dance with them and it's really fun to watch how into it gets. :)

We received the Imagination Movers cd/dvd combo - Rock-O-Matic  for review.

Oh gosh. It's so awesome! The combo consists of a 30 minute dvd of live performances and a cd of over 40 minutes of music. It included songs like Dance Kung Fu, Rock-O-Matic, Yuck Yuck, and Everybody Sing.

These songs are fun and great for kids of all ages. They are catchy and before long you'll find yourself singing along....even when your kids aren't around!

On September 21st, they will be kicking off their Fall tour, just after the new episodes air on Disney Junior.

FRI 9.21 – Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theater
SAT 9.22 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall
SUN 9.23 – Hollywood, FL – ArtsPark
TUES 9.25 – Panama City, FL – Marina Civic Center
THURS 9.27 – Longview, TX - Belcher Performing Arts Center
FRI 9.28 – Grand Prairie, TX – Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
SAT 9.29 – Austin, TX – Paramount Theatre
SUN 9.30– Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
THURS 10.4 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
FRI 10.5 – Henderson, NV – Henderson Pavillion
SAT 10.6 – Santa Rosa, CA – Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
SUN 10.7 – Los Angeles, CA – Club Nokia
MON 10.8 – Visalia, CA – Visalia Fox Theatre
THURS 10.11 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre
FRI 10.12 – Wichita, KS – Orpheum
SAT 10.13 – Tulsa, OK – Mabee Center
SUN 10.14 – St. Louis, MO – Fox Theater
THURS 10.18 – Indianapolis, IN – Clowes Memorial Hall
FRI 10.19 – Detroit, MI – Music Hall
SAT 10.20 – Waukegan, IL – Genesee Theatre
SUN 10.21 – Merrillville, IN – Star Plaza Theatre
FRI 10.26 - Moncton, NB – Moncton Wesleyan Celebration Centre
SAT 10.27 – Charlottetown, PEI – Confederation Centre of the Arts
SUN 10.28 – Halifax, NS – Rebecca Cohn Auditorium
MON 10.29 – Fredericton, NB – The Playhouse Fredericton
TUES 10.30 – Saint John, NB – Imperial Theatre
THURS 11.01 – Brockville, ON – Brockville Arts Centre
FRI 11.02 – Belleville, ON – The Empire Theatre
SAT 11.03 – Sudbury, ON – Fraser Auditorium at Laurentian University
SUN 11.04 – London, ON – Centennial Hall
MON 11/05 – Peterborough, ON – Showplace Performance Centre
WED 11.07 – North Bay, ON – Capitol Centre
THURS 11.08 – Orillia, ON – Orillia Opera House
FRI 11.09 – Chatham, ON – Chatham Capitol Theatre
SAT 11.10 – Brantford, ON – Sanderson Centre

To celebrate I have a great giveaway for you!

I am giving away 1 cd/dvd combo of Rock-O-Matic!

Enter to WIN Boogie Wipes for your Classroom & I've Got A Giveaway for YOU!

Boogie Wipes is looking for 3 "Boogietastic" classrooms to receive some awesome cash prizes, Boogie Wipes and more!

1st place - $500, 1 year supply of Boogie Wipes, and a pizza and ice cream party for the entire class!

2nd place - $500, 6 month supply of Boogie Wipes, a cool prizes for your entire class.

3rd place - $200, 3 month supply of Boogie Wipes, and cool prizes for your entire class.

For more information on the contest and to submit an entry, please visit the Boogie Wipes Facebook page. Contest ends Sept. 30th so get your entries in now! 

But wait, don't leave just yet...I've got more! 

I am also giving away 2 packs of Boogie Wipes, samples and some valuable coupons to one of my lucky readers! 

Enter below using the Rafflecopter. :) 

Homeschool Freebie of the Day: Paper and Scissors


A timeless classic guide to paper folding and construction, both for fun (think toys, doll furniture, etc.), eye-hand coordination, dexterity, and as an aid to learning 
geometrical figures. This practical and systematic course of projects progresses from simple projects to amazing advanced projects. 

Great busy work fun for younger students.

You can get this from Homeschool Freebie of the Day today only! 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Crossing Values (Crossing #1) ~ Book Review

Christian romantic fiction that focuses on emotional and family healing.
For years, Amber traipsed around the northwest avoiding the skeletons in her closet. Job-hopping every few weeks, she refused to let anyone get close to her.
As winter plants itself firmly across the Rockies, she takes a chance on a job at a logging company with a family different from any she’s ever known.
Watching the family interact creates more questions than answers for Amber. Feeling like she’s entered the happily-ever-after written at the end of fairytales, she watches for cracks in the fa├žade.
Surely as the days pass, the play-acting will cease and the real family will emerge.
Or could she be wrong? Could they truly be genuine?
Could Faye understand the trauma from her past or Peter think of her as more than just the winter office help? Could this family really hold the key to what she’s seeking?

My thoughts:
What an amazingly sweet book! This is the author, Carrie Daws', first book. And I have to say she did an amazing job! I want to read more about these characters. As many of you know, I get attached to my books. If I can really care about what happens to the people the author is writing about (yes, I know they aren't then I can truthfully say I think you should read the book. 
Throughout this story you are able to feel the emotions - sadness, fear, love, and hope. You have a story of a young girl who has been hurt and refuses to allow anyone to hurt her again. She has defenses up that only God could break down. This is a wonderful story of God's everlasting love, redemption, forgiveness, and a super sweet love story. 
If my daughter were just a few years older, I would have no problem handing her this book to read. It's innocent and beautiful. 
Another awesome thing is that at the end of the book you find out that Mrs. Daws has created a free 7 Day Devotional for you. There are also come Crossing short stories that she has posted directly on her blog. Oh I was in heaven! This feed my need for more Crossing.
There is a second book coming soon in paperback (it's already available in Kindle edition). It's called Ryan's Crossing, about Amber's brother Ryan. This should be really good. I'm not going to say much because I don't like spoilers for books and I don't want to ruin Crossing Values for you. We meet Ryan very briefly in Crossing Values and let's just say I have a feeling Ryan's attitude is going to be pretty harsh. He's a fellow that is carrying a big chip on his shoulder. It should be interesting to see how God works on him. I want to read this very badly. 

About Carrie
Over the years, God rewrote Carrie’s dreams to include being a stay-at-home mom and a writer. Originally writing weekly devotions as a way to share what she learned with women from various military bases, Carrie decided to enroll in the Christian Writer’s Guild. While there, seeds were planted and cultivated.
After almost ten years in the military, Carrie’s husband medically retired and they now live in central North Carolina with their three children. Besides writing fiction novels, she stays busy with homeschooling, working part time, and volunteering within two military ministries.
More than anything, Carrie strives to write clean fiction, happily-ever-after stories that gently advocate Biblical values and truths. She says, “I didn’t want to be embarrassed for my young daughter to pick up any of my books. I also didn’t want to be mortified if her life began to echo the activities of the lead character within my story. I believe the end result is books that not only provide some spiritual insight, but ones that reinforce accountability among unmarried men and women, healing from past hurts and families uniting in difficult circumstances.”
You can find Carrie on her website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Crossing Values can be purchased on Amazon in paperback or Kindle edition

*I received this book free from Carrie Daws through Christian Women Affiliates. All opinions stated are mine and were in no way influenced.*

Decision to Love (Sacred Vows #3) ~ Book Review

Love is a decision, or is it merely an emotion?

Eight years after Tony and Hope's affair ended, new problems arise. 

Jimmy has gone off to college, but returns home with a startling revelation that devastates his father and causes his final heart attack. Now Hope is grieving the loss of both her husband and their son. She tries to make sense of everything, and in the end she decides to love her son through the grief. More than that, she makes the decision to love whoever her son chooses to love, whether she agrees with his choices or not.

Tony's life has its own disaster tearing through it. First, he is accused of killing his ex-wife, but he is soon released once the authorities realize he had nothing to do with it. The tragedy with his ex led to some major changes in his life, however, and some soul-searching that ultimately turns Tony's life around. While he is still adjusting to his new perspective on life, his long-lost daughter Nina contacts him and has some secrets of her own. He is overjoyed to be reunited with his daughter, but with their relationship comes an entirely new set of challenges.

Jimmy is confused about his faith, his life, and ultimately, whom he should love. After some severe trials knock him off what he thought was the right course for his life, he makes the decision to love himself enough not to be used by someone again. But will his decision protect him in the end?

My thoughts: 
Oh wow. I'm really not sure where to start. First, I have not read any of the other books in this series or by this author, Michelle Sutton. I really didn't know what this book was going to contain. I knew the basics, that it was about a man and woman who were trying to overcome their past affair. I didn't know the characters personalities. I went into this blind. Which is okay. Normally, I don't like to jump into the middle of series but I wanted to give it a chance. 

When I started reading I realized I wasn't going to miss out on anything. The author was very good about giving past details. So I didn't feel like I was I missing a piece of knowledge I needed to enjoy this book.

Knowing this was a Christian book, at first I was a little shocked by the details and subject matter. Now, I'm not picky. I've read much riskier books. It was only after I had read it that I learned it was considered an edgy Christian fiction. Some people might not want to read a book like this.

In this book you have a story that touches on delicate subjects. But subjects that are real to life. People are dealing with this every single day. Sexuality and lust are a part of everyone. It's how we decide to deal with it that really matters. Michelle Sutton dives right in and shows us the struggles that men and women alike are going through and how they can rely on God to help them make their decisions...which results in the title of the book, Decision to Love.

I really enjoyed the book. It left me thinking about my past choices, and how I'm teaching my children about the choices they will need to make and how they can honor and rely on God to help them to make the right choice. Really excellent book. 

About the Author:
Michelle Sutton is a social worker (and now supervisor) who has been writing romantic fiction with an inspirational message for over nine years. Southeastern Arizona is where Michelle calls home. She loves being surrounded by mountains and fresh air, which inspires many of her novels. She and her husband are approaching twenty-two years of marriage and their two sons will begin their third year of college in August. She is the author of well over a dozen novels in print and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, as well as an avid book reviewer and blogger on a variety of sites. She founded Edgy Christian Fiction Lovers social networking site which has nearly 1200 members. Crafting new stories and reading/reviewing great books is her idea of a fun time.
You can find Michelle on her website, Facebook personal page, Facebook fan page, and on the Edgy Christian Fiction Lovers social network.

Decision to Love can be purchased on online at  AmazonCBDBarnes and Noble or directly from her page.

*I received this book free from Michelle Sutton through Christian Women Affiliates. All opinions stated are mine and were in no way influenced.*

Homeschool Freebie of the Day: Great Authors teach Spelling

The Great Authors teach your kids SPELLING! (PDF ebook)

Homeschool Freebie of the Day starts this week off right with a fantastic spelling book, which uses great quotes from famous authors (Shakespeare, Longfellow, etc.) as copywork and spelling practice... with attention paid to spelling rules and trickier spellings.

This is perfect for upper elementary through jr high spellers.  Loads of great quotations too.

Highly recommended!