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January’s Ipsy Bag Reveal!

January 16, 2017 By · No Comments

ipsy bag

BalletGirl (age 16) has decided she wants to start ordering Subscription boxes with her paycheck. I mean what girl doesn’t like makeup and free samples right? But better, who here hates to purchase something they end up hating?  She decided her first purchase would be the January Ipsy bag because it was only $10 and came with quite a bit of stuff.

I loved that she told me if she liked the stuff she’d know to purchase more of it later and if not at least she wouldn’t waste her money on it. Plus, it was make up at her door monthly that she didn’t have to go search for.

The process is pretty simple you head over to IPSY (her link here) and sign up. If you sign up through someone’s link they do get so much off their next bag. It’s a win-win! Feel free to sign up for the January Ipsy Bag through her link. The service is $10 a month for 5 products and a bag.

January Ipsy Bag Reveal!

She waited for two whole weeks for this to come. Every day she’d check the mail once it said it had been shipped. haha. I must admit I loved it because of the pretty pink bubble wrap envelope they shipped it in. (sorry didn’t get pictures of that) Every month that she receives one we will post about it here on the blog. Hope ya’ll enjoy the reveals!

The January Glam Bag

January Ipsy Bag

First when you open the pretty envelope you’ll immediately see a card (explaining what the theme is for the month) and an Ipsy Bag. This month we got a blue/gray some call it a silver bag with holes. This month’s theme from Ipsy Glam Bag is Metropolis! Fun in the city!

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Bounce Off Board Game Adds to the Family Fun

January 6, 2017 By · No Comments

Disclosure: I bought this game, we love it. The links in this post are affiliate, if you click them I might make a few pennies. A few pennies add up and then I can buy more board games. hehe

Family Fun Night: Bounce Off the Board Game

We are a Board Game Loving family. Why? Simple! It’s a TON of fun, plus you get to spend time with your kids. What better excuse to go out and buy board games? Every Friday I pull out a board game and we play it for a few hours. After a few hours we settle in the living room and watch a movie together.

Little A got Bounce Off Board Game for Christmas. Honestly I had never heard of it but the three older ones talked non-stop about it when we were looking through store catalogs and flipping through Amazon. The only time I had heard of a game like this was ummm….Beer Pong. No, I never played that game and that isn’t this game.

Bounce Off Board Game

Surprise: It’s BOUNCE OFF BOARD GAME!

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The Beginner’s Bible: Teaches Stories From the Bible

January 3, 2017 By · 14 Comments

Disclosure: I was sent this book for review purposes. I do have affiliate links throughout this post, if you click on them I might make a few pennies.

Introduce Your Child to the Bible with The Beginner’s Bible

The Beginner Bible

The Beginner’s Bible  (purchase it here) will introduce your young child to the bible in short, easy to read stories from the bible. Each story is short and made so that your child will understand it with colorful pictures on each page. Follow along as you journey through the beginning of life (Adam & Eve), sail down the Nile with baby Moses (in his basket) to Noah’s Ark.

Beginner's Bible

About the Beginner’s Bible:

The Beginner’s Bible has been a favorite with young children and their parents since it was released in 1989 with over 25 Million products sold. Now it’s redesigned with fresh new art that will excite children for many more year to come. Full of faith and fun, The Beginner’s Bible is a wonderful gift for any child. The easy-to-red text and bright, full-color illustrations on every page make it a perfect way to introduce young children to the stories and characters of the Bible. With new vibrant three-dimensional art and compelling text, more than 90 Bible stores come to life. Kids ages 6 and under will enjoy the fun illustrations of Noah helping the elephant onto the ark, Jonah praying inside the fish, and more, as they discover The Beginner’s Bible just like millions of children before. The Beginner’s Bible was named 2006 Retailer Choice Award winner in Children’s Nonfiction.

My Kids & The Beginner’s Bible:

The Beginner's Bible Noah's Ark

When we got the Bible in the mail the kids were excited to flip through it. Before moving back out to Indiana I was a Sunday School teacher and taught a class from age 4-15. My kids enjoyed re-living the stories I had once shared with them in my own class and now were reading about in their book. I loved it because now Nicoli, who was too young at the time will have stories to go through with his siblings even when I’m not at home. Since they already know them they will enjoy sharing their thoughts and memories of what I taught with him.

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Connecting With Your Teen

January 2, 2017 By · No Comments

Disclosure: While this is not a sponsored post there are affiliate links throughout this post. If you click on it, I may make a few pennies. 

“I can’t connect with my teen. We are from two totally different worlds. It is hopeless.” These are all phrases I have heard from parents when it comes to connecting with their teen. As a mom to five I kind of understand, but it has also taught me what I need to do and I want to help you when it comes to connecting with your teen.

Connecting with Your Teens

No, the two of you are NOT from different planets or worlds. What you are though is from two different time periods? Things have changed in the past 15-20 + years since you were last a teen, unless of course you never outgrew your teen years and that could be a whole other issue. Things have changed but you were once a teen, so think back to how you felt. You starting to see something here? That’s right, this little nugget of truth is actually the stepping stone (common ground) to learning about connecting with your teen.

Do you have something in common? Yes, of course you do. The first thing is you have been a teen. You get what they are going through and maybe you can offer up advice. But remember, you didn’t always want to hear it from adults either. You shut them out, think of how you would’ve preferred it to have been. Try doing it that way. Did you always want your parent to nag you? Yell at you? Be your friend?

Find a Common Ground:

Do the two of you share anything both of you like? For my teens we did from television shows, reading genre to even certain hobbies. When I sat down and really thought about who they are and what they liked it opened so many doors of communication between my teen and I. Together we were able to discuss what we thought of books we read, which movies/television shows we liked and watch them together. How many of you can say your teen liked to invite you to the movies?

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40 by 40 Bucket List

January 1, 2017 By · No Comments

40 by 40

2017 is a year of many things for different people. Last year I chose the word “GROWTH” for my word for the year. This year it is looking more like “FEARLESS” will be my word. As I approach 40 I want to be happy about the number, not fearful. Currently I want to be able to state I have done something more than just being a wife and a mom. But in life, opportunities that came I was too scared to do, or worse I wouldn’t even consider because of some fear I had. I no longer want to NOT do things. Here is my 40 by 40 Bucket List. I’d love to see your bucket list.

  1. Go river rafting
  2. Take my kids camping
  3. Go fishing
  4. Visit some of the local farms (Kelsay Farms/Watermann’s Family Farm)
  5. Lose 60lbs
  6. Enter my first 5K walk
  7.  Have a garden that actually has fruits and/or Vegetables.
  8. Join a softball team
  9. Learn to swim
  10. Learn to ski
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