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Kari Jobe’s Newest CD “The Garden” Will Speak To You

February 8, 2017 By · No Comments

Disclosure: I was sent this wonderful CD for review purposes and one is being provided for one lucky reader. 

“The Garden” CD

I couldn’t wait to hear Kari Jobe’s Newest CD “The Garden” I had previously heard some of her songs (I am Not Alone) and loved them so I knew this wouldn’t be any different. Her voice is soft but it reaches into your soul and speaks to you on so many different levels. I’ve been a bit lost lately so having this on while reading the bible has really seemed to put my spirit at ease. Don’t ask me what it is but it just helps me clear my mind.

About Kari Jobe:

“Grammy nominated Kari Jobe is the premiere female worship leader in Christian music. Coming off her last live album, Majestic, which featured the worship anthem “Forever” and radio hit “I Am Not Alone,” Kari Jobe has returned to the studio to record her new album, The Garden, full of brand new worship anthems for the church and for personal reflection. Finding inspiration from life’s joys and hardships, Kari leans into the firm foundation of Christ through it all.”

Songs from “The Garden” that’ll Reach Your Soul

On the CD there are 14 individual songs that just fit perfectly. It doesn’t matter your mood or the season of life you are in, each one can strike a cord in a different way. For me it was The Garden. To me the words were just reaching through vines inside me and tearing apart all the weeds that have been building up. The words were definitely needed for me, even if she didn’t specifically write it to me, it did feel like it. I needed to see that deep inside I am still there and that God is just waiting around the corner.

Heal Our Souls, Hear Our Prayers

“Heal Our Land” was the next song that would reach my heart. So many of us are going through something and if we aren’t currently we know someone that is. Many of us lose faith and others simply do not know that there is hope. I recently came into contact with someone that didn’t believe she could be loved by God because things in her past. I remember all too well how that felt. I was simply a little girl that was being told by everyone I was a horrible child and that after putting my own mother behind bars that no one would love me and was even asked how I could still go on living. Let me tell you, as the words in this song go “Lord will you hear our cry,” because so many people need to know there is hope and that you really are there. “That every heart will know” that no matter what is going on you are there and you DO love all of them.

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How to Cope: When Older Sibling Joins the Military and Moves Away

February 2, 2017 By · No Comments

I was a military child for my entire childhood. We moved to one base and stayed there. I’d never moved state to state or out of country like many of my friends had experienced. I definitely knew the securities of living on base, how you could walk absolutely anywhere without being afraid of kidnappings, etc. It wasn’t until high school that we would learn what living off-base was like (minus the few times we’d visit our biological mother or relatives) I was the oldest child, I never experienced what it was like to have a sibling move away. I would have no clue of this until many, many years later.

I married a Marine, which meant I finally moved away, but I was the oldest and our ties were severed before leaving home. So there was no writing letters home, etc. I wouldn’t even talk with my family for over 2 years. Fast forward to 19 years later and we have five children. Our oldest already graduated high school, he has a job and was going to college…when he wasn’t at work/college he was home playing video games. Extremely close to all his siblings. After school his younger brother would immediately tell him about his day and any girls he thought was pretty or share a secret of something funny that happened that day. His younger sister would tell him all about something she learned from STEM or Science class. Nicoli would keep him busy any time at home, whether it was chatting up a story, reading a book or helping him play video games.

One day he informed me he was thinking about joining the military. I must admit pride came inside me, I came from a long line of men/women in the military. To me this was nothing unusual, the only difference was the tight-knit family and how I would make everyone feel okay with him moving away. I knew all along he’d move away, whether he joined the military, went off to college (not in town), moved out on his own or got married. Below is a few tips on how to cope when a sibling moves away and joins the military.

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FREE $10 Darden Gift Card after Cashback

January 31, 2017 By · 1 Comment

Disclosure: There are affiliate links in this post, if you click them I might make a couple bucks.

How would you like to receive a FREE $10 gift card to the Darden family of restaurants?  *This is for New TopCashback members only: Darden Restaurants Gift Card (worth $10) FREE after cashback! These would make great gifts to give to that special someone for Valentine’s Day. Or just to take yourself out.

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The restaurants included:

  • Olive Garden
  • LongHorn Steakhouse
  • Bahama Breeze
  • Yard House
  • Seasons Fresh Grill
  • Red Lobster

Confession time:

I must admit I have this thing for both Red Lobster (sadly I haven’t been there in years) and Olive Garden. I love their pasta and seafood. You had to guess that I mean I love Red Lobster too. If you haven’t been there in a while you can get lunches starting at $6.99 and you’ll enjoy it with soup or salad and breadsticks. Do you have a favorite meal you like? What is it?

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Lysol Wipes Freebie after Cashback

January 23, 2017 By · No Comments

Disclosure: This post is just to inform you about a great deal, yes the links are affiliate and if clicked will make me a bit of money. 
FREE Lysol Wipes for NEW Topcash Members. If you haven’t signed up or just signed up you can get in on this deal. If you are already a member you can make money by letting others know to sign up under you. I don’t know about you but we are constantly needing Lysol wipes for spills in the kitchen and bathroom. Plus with cold/flu season it is good to wipe down doors, doorknobs, faucets, etc.

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Teach Chess To Young Children So They Remember It

January 20, 2017 By · No Comments

Disclosure: While this post was definitely not paid for (I did pay for the game) I wanted to tell you about our love for board games. There are amazon affiliate links throughout and if you click them you might earn me a Starbucks. That would be so nice this week.

Teaching Chess to Young

It’s Board Game Friday!! What does this mean? Simple this is the day the family and I decided on board games and play. I love Fridays. This week I picked Harry Potter’s Wizard Chess Set! Soccerboy (Antonio) got this game for Christmas from us. He’s a big Harry Potter Fan (like myself) and he absolutely LOVES Chess so the two went hand-in-hand.

Harry Potter’s Wizard Chess Set is NOT like the game before you ask. No, they do NOT move around the board by themselves. Nor do they kill each other, etc. This set has two mesh bags (black/silver) with the pieces fitting nicely inside each bag. The board and game rules fit nicely inside the sturdy box. Sadly the pieces are light plastic, I don’t know why but I thought they would be heavier, maybe even stone. But each piece has detail in them.

chess pieces

Teach Chess to Young Children:

When did you teach your kids to play chess? Years ago I was homeschooling Antonio and he expressed interest in watching Chess on television. I saw how much love he had just watching it. Not wanting him to miss out on anything I went to the library and borrowed a really old book on learning chess. I figured we could learn the game together and play it too. Even if he didn’t like the game at least he’d know how to play it by the time we were done reading it. At this time I simply bought a dual set Chess/Checkers.
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