Saturday, December 03, 2016

Amy Grant's Tennessee Christmas CD


Funny story about Amy Grant and I...you see I wanted to be here when I was in 4th grade.  At that time I listened to her music pretty much non-stop.  I knew every word by heart and I gave it my all.  My parents even took me to my very first concert and it was indeed Amy Grant!  I was thrilled and went back to another concert 2 years later when I was in 6th grade and oh how I still wanted to sing like her.  Fast forward to 10th grade and she came to Tulsa with Michael W. Smith and of course I went to that concert and once again in 11th grade.  I've never seen someone in concert 4 times before!  Oh wait scratch that it's going to be 5 times tonight (I'll post pictures on here tomorrow)!!!  Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith are coming to Tulsa again woohoo.  Kevin and I are going with our besties Mika and Jim from OKC.  You probably know about Mika from her blog Mika's Pantry and of course we adopted Kenzie and Bailey at the same time and the rest is history. 

Needless to say I was beyond thrilled when FlyBy offered me a chance to review Amy Grant's Tennessee Christmas album.  I can't get enough of it, in the car, on my phone, while I'm falling asleep, while I'm cooking.  Christmas music and Amy Grant is just the perfect mix for me. If you'd like to preview before you buy here's a link.

“To Be Together” Audio on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUpIwK5Bxn8

To purchase click on the following link:


 Giveaways for this promotion are only for residents
of the continental U.S. 
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.


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Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the 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.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Bible Journaling Kit

Are you a doodler or a journaler?  Do you like to color, scrapbook or craft?  If so, Bible journaling might be right up your alley.  I'd never heard of it until last year when a sweet homeschool mama showed me your Bible and something clicked in my mind.  WOW!! This is something I can do as a creative outlet and also as creative worship.  I'm not gonna lie it's pretty fun too.  
My amazing husband ordered the Inspire Journaling Bible for me in November 2015 for Christmas but it took forever to come in.  I finally got it in August 2016 and was not disappointed.  
  
FlyBy offered me the chance to review and blog about an Ellie Claire Bible Journaling Kit and I jumped at the opportunity since I knew it would make a great addition to my journaling Bible.

Here I am unboxing it. 

 This set comes with the following items:
  • 8 colored pencil twists that never need sharpening
  • 1 archival-quality journaling pen
  • 4 sheets of inspirational word stickers
  • 4 sheets of alphabet stickers
  • 24 tab stickers to mark special passages
  • A ruled page protector mat with die cut edge for tracing lines
  • A Philippians 4:3 “Whatever Is Lovely”-inspired pouch that has an adjustable strap to fit most Bibles—perfectly sized to store your pencils, pens, and tabs!
  • Presented in an attractive gift box

The bright green zipper case holds everything you see.  Stickers, tags, quotes, letters, a ruled page protector, colored pencils and a pen.  This case also attaches to your Bible so you don't lose it.
Here's a picture of the back so you can see how it attaches. Pretty cool huh?
One of my favorite scriptures so I marked it with a tag at the top, underlined it with one of the creamy colored pencils and added a couple of stickers.

I'm also doing a giveaway.  Leave me a comment about Bible journaling, do you love it, not like it, never heard of it?  I'd love to hear our thoughts and you'll be entered to win one of these fun sets.  You can also leave a comment on my Facebook post if that's easier for you.


***BONUS***
As a fun promotion Worthy Inspired and Ellie Claire are giving away with 5 different kits!  They also have free coloring pages so just click on the link below and you'll be whisked away to their page.



To purchase your own kit click on any of these links:



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.  The winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Thanks for reading, 
Disclosure (in accordance with the FTCs 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the 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.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Kenzie's 16th Gotcha Day


Happy 16th Gotcha Day Kenzie!  16 years ago Kevin and I were anxiously awaiting her arrival at the LAX airport.  My mom and Kevin's parents flew in that morning to surprise us and were just as excited as we were to meet Sun Hwa Kim (Kenzie's Korean name).  We paced up and down the terminal just outside of customs.  I saw her being carried by someone that I didn't know and that concerned me a little bit but I could see Beverlee talking to him so I knew everything would be ok.  It turned out to be Mr. Chae, he had escorted Kenzie instead of the baby he was supposed to escort.  The other baby was having problems on the airplane and Kenzie was enjoying the flight by cooing at all the flight attendants so Bev and Mr. Chae switched babies.  The moment he placed her in my arms is seared in my memory forever.  My life changed in the blink of an eye, I was now a mommy to the most beautiful baby on the planet.  Kevin was crying so hard he didn't see Kenzie reach out her tiny, plump hands for him so I said, "She wants you".  He grabbed her and cried until her whole head was wet with his tears.  It was a surreal experience.  I can not believe this precious girl has been in our life for 16 years now.  We're so thankful and grateful to call her our daughter.  She brings laughter and smiles everywhere she goes and I can not wait to see what the future holds for her. 

November is National Adoption Month if you're interested in more info on International adoption feel free to message me at justwedeminute@gmail.com or contact the agency we used www.dillonadopt.com


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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Operation Christmas Child 2016

Operation Christmas Child


Our family belongs to this amazing homeschool co-op called Aspire and we stay busy with them.  They keep us hopping!  Anyway, our co-op and church partner together for many activities and we've been collecting donations for Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child shoebox project.  This is a wonderful organization that sends a shoebox packed full of gifts and needed items to over 100 countries around the globe.  Children are shown that someone loves them and so does Jesus.  My mom the kids and I went to the packing party and we each packed around 7 shoe boxes.  We prayed that the children receiving these boxes would get what they are needing.  Each box contained many items but ours all had a toothbrush, toothpaste, washcloth, and soap along with a WOW item like a doll or truck and pencil, paper, pens, socks, etc.  The goal for our church was 250 shoe boxes and with the Lord's blessing of many helping hands and generous hearts we were able to pack 363!!!  Our family put trackers on our boxes so we can see where they went and hopefully we'll be able to contact some of the children that receive the boxes.  If you'd like more info on packing parties in your area or how you can get involved please click on the link below.




Kenzie and Hannah writing personal notes to add to the boxes.

#Ipackedashoebox


If you're a savvy shopper or a coupon queen you can really help children in need by stocking up throughout the year.  Here's a link to a monthly list of items that are needed!

https://s3.amazonaws.com/static.samaritanspurse.org/occ/pdfs/Year-Long-Calendar2.pdf


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Thursday, September 08, 2016

The Afters- "Live On Forever" CD review

The Afters Release New Single "Live On Forever," Already Playing On 40 Stations Across AC and CHR Formats. 

Street Date: September 9th, 2016 (that's tomorrow) 



The Afters are not holding back on their newest release "Live on Forever."  In fact, they are bursting through new barriers.  This latest offering is filled with innovative, cutting edge, fresh pop music that is both epic and captivating.  The group has taken life experiences, spun them into something redemptive and uplifting, and captured that transformative experience into art.  Their first single "Live On Forever" impacted radio in the Fall of 2015 and hit the top 5. Their 2nd single "Battles" went for adds on 7/22 and is expected to be a hit.  The band heads out on a 45+ city tour with the Newsboys this Fall.

About The Afters

Texas-based, four-piece band The Afters were propelled into the national spotlight with their INO/Sony Music Label Group debut I Wish We All Could Win. The project spawned the swirling, melodic hit “Beautiful Love,” earning the band an enthusiastic following when the song was selected as the theme track for MTV’s “8th and Ocean.” “Beautiful Love” was also the most downloaded track of 2006 on the iTunes ® Inspirational charts and garnered the band an mtvU award. The Afters’ sophomore release Never Going Back To OK (INO/Columbia Records) debuted in the Top 50 on the Billboard Top 200, and proved to be a sensation on the silver screen with “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC), “Dr. Phil,” “Army Wives” (Lifetime) and “Rachael Ray.” The band’s third record Light Up the Sky bolstered two No. 1 radio hits, as well as placements on “The Biggest Loser” (NBC) and “You Deserve It” (ABC). A slew of media including Rolling Stone, Seventeen.com, E! News Live, TV Guide, Premiere Radio and more also picked up on covering The Afters. 



Sharing from my heart:

I'm a girl that likes all types of music from Country, Blue Grass, Christian, Pop, Classical and Rock so when I was asked to review The Afters newest album I jumped at the chance.  The song that spoke to me right away was "Battles" there's a line in it that says, "Your promise the hope that I cling to. My Rescue, my friend."  Such powerful words, I kept replaying it over and over. This band reminds me of U2 with their powerful ballads and guitar driven songs about faith. I don't want to give away too much about the newest CD, however I know it'll speak to you like it did to me.   On a side note, my 16 year old daughter told me she liked it and they remind her of Coldplay so that's a win in my book!


Find the Afters by clicking on any of the links below:


The Afters on Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

YouTube



Now, on to something fun!  Leave a comment telling me what movie the song "Life is beautiful" gave these Texans a boost in popularity?  You could win your own copy of "Live on forever."

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Passion-Salvation's Tide Is Rising review and giveaway




About Salvation's Tide Is Rising:

This brand new Passion album contains new studio recordings from best-selling artists Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Matt Redman, and Kristian Stanfill.  It features new songs written specifically for Passion 2016.  Release Date is January 29, 2016.  

Track List:
1.  Salvation's Tide is Rising - Passion featuring Kristian Stanfill
2.  My Victory - Passion featuring Crowder
3.  Remember - Passion featuring Brett Younker & Melodie Malone
4.  God & God Alone - Passion featuring Chris Tomlin
5.  Simple Pursuit - Passion featuring Melodie Malone
6.  I Turn to Christ - Passion featuring Matt Redman
7.  Your Grace Amazes Me - Passion featuring Christy Nockels
8.  All We Sinners - Passion featuring Crowder
9.  Surrender - Passion featuring Jimi Cravity
10. Good Good Father - Passion featuring Kristian Stanfill 

About Passion albums:

Since the first release in 1998, Passion albums have sold over 1.3 million units while introducing the church to worship songs like "Our God", "Holy Is The Lord", "How Great Is Our God", and "God Of This City".  Passion is coming off its best charting radio success in 5 years with the single "Even So Come", which went Top 5. 

About The Passion Movement:

The Passion Movement and the messages of founder Louis Giglio have marked the lives of millions of people around the globe, calling people everywhere to live for the glory of God.  From its inception, the movement of Passion has birthed new anthems of worship, influencing countless churches and helping to define the current worship climate and establish artists Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Matt Redman, Christy Nockels, Kristian Stanfill and others.  Louie Giglio is the pastor and founder of Passion City Church in Atlanta, GA. 



Sharing from my heart:

I've been having a lot of health problems lately which means I've been trying to take better care of myself like exercising, taking my Plexus supplements daily, eating right and listening to praise and worship music because it feeds my soul.  I was so excited to have the chance to review Passion's new CD Salvation's Tide is Rising.  As I was downloading it and listening I could tell this was going to be so soothing to my spirit on rough days during my recovery, and just what I need right now!  Do you ever feel that way?  When you're not feeling well you just want your spirit revived by awesome worship music?  Well I do!  Now, if I can just figure out how to get it moved to my iTunes account I'll be even better.  I might have my teens work on that one for me.

I'm loving this CD and with Chris Tomlin, Christy Nockels and Crowder you know you can't go wrong with this one!

SOCIAL • CORNER 



Giveaway info:

What makes you feel better when you've been sick?  Is music part of your feel better therapy?  Leave a comment on here or my Facebook page and you'll be entered to win your very own copy of this glorious CD!

Thanks for reading,
 
"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the 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.”

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Cast iron skillet pizza


Anytime I'm looking for a sumptuous recipe I ALWAYS go to my best friend Mika's blog first and this time was no exception.  If you've been following me for very long then you know that Mika and I met 15 years ago when we both adopted our beautiful daughters from South Korea.   We've developed a friendship that's more like family and enjoy spending as much time with them as we can.
Mika and Bailey on the right and Kenzie and I are on the left.  This was a Dillon picnic when the girls were just around 1 year.


Mika has this amazing blog called Mika's Pantry and she is definitely a foodie, if you want the most amazing recipes click on her link now!  She makes these pizza's that are so mouth watering and are to die for.  They have a pizza oven grill and make up new pizza's all the time.  Last time we visited she made a BBQ pizza that was out of this world.  Now, she's into cast iron cooking and of course she HAD to make pizza in it and I had to try my hand at it too.


First I placed the dough in a greased 12" skillet and then covered it with a disposable shower cap.  Shower cap???  I buy them in bulk for really cheap and then use them like you would those more expensive covers from the grocery store.  They're great for 1/2 a watermelon or anything that's an awkward size and shape.





 So the big secret that everyone shared with me was that you need a very hot oven like 450-500 degrees so the crust get a nice crunch to it.  For more info click here and read Mika's detailed instructions!




It's really deep dish and delicious!





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