Thursday, May 29, 2014

Viva Vox Box Review

Recently I connected with and have been receiving products for me to review.  My most recent box is the Viva La Vida Vox Box. 
Here's a pic of some things I received:

What I love about this box is that it is full of some great things that I can definitely put to good use.
The voxbox was filled with awesome goodies just to try.
NYC New York Color City Proof Twistable Intense Lip Color
Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Cloths
The Fuel Rewards Network at Shell
Pure Ice Nail Polish

Montagne Jeunesse Peel Off Masks
Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer Cocoa Radiant

Here are some of my faves from the box:

The Pure Ice Nail Polish It's Complicated and After Hours 
I loved the bright color of the After Hours and loved how the polish stayed on. Doing so much everyday with my kiddos my hands get roughed up. But this polish lasted several days without chipping! I'm personally not much of a glitter person so I wasn't too sure how I would like this particular polish and I have to say it looks ok on clear nails but it's definitely not my fave. I prefer the solid colors for my nails. 

 Because I'm on the go it's hard to find time to paint my nails but I admit it's nice to treat myself and take a minute to do my nails. This Pure Ice Polish tried super quick and that's what I need as a mom on the go!

The other item I enjoyed using was the Cetaphil Gentle cleansing cloths. It's great to just grab a cloth and clean your face super quick before bed.  The one thing that I found when using them was that if I put the cleansing cloth to close to my eye that it stung my eyes a little.  I would probably purchase these on my own if they were gentle enough to use on my eyes.

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DISCLOSURE: I received these products complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster.
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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Free Valentine Printable

Hey there....just wanted to let you know I have some FREE Valentine Printables that I made for especially for you!  I actually meant to post these 2 weeks ago but am just getting to it now.  I hope you enjoy them and use them for the special people in your lives.  This printable can be printed on 8 1/2 x 11 in paper/cardstock.  One big favor though before you download these...can you please TWEET, SHARE on FACEBOOK or PIN on PINTEREST????  I would soooooo appreciate it! Let me know how you like them in the comments below...come on it only takes  a few seconds ! Thanks!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

10 Fun & Affordable Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Preschoolers

10 stocking stuffer ideas for preschoolers pic

When I started looking for items to add to my 10 Fun & Inexpensive Stocking Stuffers for Preschoolers I knew that I wanted them to be affordable and fun. One of my favorite parts of holiday shopping finding great deals on stocking stuffers for my little kiddos and other little ones in our family.  It can be a challenge to make our dollars stretch at Christmas time...we have a huge family. If you can relate to having to stretch your dollars during the holidays, I think you'll like the following item. I found several of these items at the Dollar Tree here in California.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Choosing Hope Over Despair

Simple thought today....there is hope for those who have felt disillusioned, abandoned, brokenhearted and completely lost in life.  The Hope of scripture is that we have Someone who loves us more than we have ever experienced by humans, someone who knows our pain, hurt and mistakes.  Someone who loves us through our lives ups and owns...He is always there, He never leaves us and He never abandons us.

Life has many unexpected turns and there are times we feel like losing hope, becoming cynical about life, or turning away from God.

Know that you're loved today, that HE loves YOU! Know that He can and will restore those places in your life that feel un-fixable, irreparable and hopeless.  There's this quote that I've seen floating around the internet and I like it because it gives a sense of hope but the one thing it's missing is to remind us that God is the true source of healing and restoration.  God does use people to help bring healing into our lives but real healing goes hand in hand with coming to Him in our brokenness and letting key people love us back to life.

How do we begin to move on and choose to walk in hope?  First off when I feel despair I have to make the conscience choice to change my mindset. How do I do that? 

  •  I take time to be alone, read and meditate on Scripture that reminds me of God's truth and character.  Scriptures like:

"Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." John 10:10"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6

  • I put on some meditative music like worship music.  There is some really great music out there here are a few that you may want to take a listen to:

  • Another key thing I do is to reach out to others who can pray for me, listen, cry with me, challenge and encourage me. There's something about reaching out that brings healing to our hearts. 

Make sure to share this post with someone who you know needs to be encouraged.  Let me know below in the comments how I can pray for you or if this post encouraged you today.

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Dreams Unfolding

I think if you ask most people you will find that there is a deep down dream that they would love to see unfold in their lives.  Most times we think "Wouldn't be great if I could quit my boring full-time job and do what I really love?"
Yet reality for the majority of us is we need to work a mundane 9 to 5 job to meet our financial responsibilities and provide for the family.

Ever since I first met Aaron, my husband, he has had a deep passion for music and for playing the piano. His love for music started at an early age due to the influence of his paternal grandmother.  He's spent hours and hours playing songs on our piano at home and just playing his heart out and amazingly he remembers each song he's composed by ear- he's never taken the time to write down his music.
Aaron's drive to see his dream of getting his music recorded finally started to take shape at the beginning of this year... after the passing of his mom last December Aaron knew he wanted to record the songs he composed over the last 10 years and have a tangible representation of his meaningful compositions.

The first song of his album "Still Shining" was written as a tribute to his mother Judy.  The title of the song was inspired by a beautiful card we received from some dear friends after his mom passed away...
"The light your mother brought to the world is
still you and in everyone touched by her love"

Those words rang so true and Aaron quickly new that "Still Shining" was to be the name of the song he wrote for her and later on the realization that it should be the title of the Album as well.
So here is his music for you to listen to. If you love it let him know by writing a review on iTunes or Amazon MP3.  

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