Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Halloween and Facepaint

 Halloween is coming!  For us we celebrate by  having a Candy Carnival where families from all around can come to our church and play games for fun doodads and of course CANDY.
It really is fun and we always get hundreds of families from the community and beyond attend.  I know that I tend to wait till the last minute to figure out costumes.  We went shopping at Goodwill and on the Facebook Buy Sell Trade sites--but in the end I just not happy with the quality or the costumes they had.  Luckily I had ordered Face Paint so the skies were the limit.  I looked around my daughter's closet and found a leopard print jacket.  The bonus part was that it had ears! She loved it.

The day of , I browsed through Pinterest for inspiration.  Grabbed the Go Green Face Paint I bought off of Amazon and experimented with her.  I picked it because it was one that advertised itself as hypoallergenic face paint.  I was a bit worried about her getting a red rash on her face, but this paint was great!  I am quite happy with the paint itself.  It was quite creamy and vibrant with color.  Though we did use that tiny brush last year, I am ready to upgrade a tad bit and get some different brushes to do different things and get different effects.

This is my review I had posted on Amazon.com last year.  

Really enjoyed using this super smooth face paint. With vibrant colors I say it was such a great find! Very satisfied. The paint stayed on well for the whole night. She wowed everyone because the paint was really vibrant and resisted smudging.

Here’s two pictures of before trick or treating and after. She had wiped her mouth off intentionally at dinner because she was at the drinking fountain and was eating soup. But I am very impresses at how well the paint stayed on. 

Over all 5/5

There are two types of packs—the 16 and the 6 color pack. We got the 6 color pack which I feel would cover about 30+ faces. The 16 pack Is the one that covers about 100+ faces. The description got me confused because lol I should have figured the 16 pack covered the 100+ Not the 6. Thought maybe the package of 6 was huge wells of paint or something.

Note: in the beginning I added water—-totally didn’t know there was a thin plastic layer over the paints. For the first two times I was frustrated as to why the paint was not mixing. It was because there was a thin plastic on top of the paint to keep from it drying out. Many reviews have stated how they were disappointed—-it’s so easy to miss that film. I did it twice after an hour of using the watery paint I made. When I finally examined the problem and found the plastic covering the paints,things went smoothly and I was really happy with the results.

I bought these six colors for Halloween with my own money and I do recommend them. Next year I will buy these again for certain.

You can find the paints here: Go Green Facepaint

Well, as I try to figure out what my kids will be for this year's Halloween I hope you enjoy pictures from our last year's costumes.  

Do you dress up for Halloween?

Do you purchase or make your costumes and outfits?

Monday, September 24, 2018

Ultimate Healthy Meal Planning Bundle Sale plus 2 Free Printables


I remember my earlier years of being married. I started out great in home cooking, and preparing meals. I was living out to the Romantic Ideals I had in my head. Then it all came crashing down. I began sleeping in. Getting a tad lazy to make the usual bacon and eggs in the morning. My poor husband ended up hitting Jack in the Box for breakfast in the morning. Then he soon resorted to buying lunch since he was already there and his little sweet wife (me) started sleeping in. Thus began the cycle of convenience foods. Do you recall everyone warning about the "Freshman 15?" ---Well I wished someone told me about the Newly Married Fall-out 15.

I ate out too much that I resorted to convenience foods frequently.

Now I've in a way recovered and fallen into a little bit more of a routine because we just don't have the money to eat out. Because over the years we have added to our family with TWO KIDS!


Now I seem to have shifted from buying fast food to well---filling my cart with snacks and miscellaneous things but enough to make a few meals out of. Do you ever go grocery shopping without a list? That's me.

I have a friend who has a meal plan and a grocery list and she accomplishes saving money AND having a game plan. Yes, I do roll my eyes at her, but secretly I envy having the time to meal plan. It is not my forte. I tend to log on to Pinterest and browse. Pin. Yet....forget about writing it down or printing it off.

Basically, I spent tons of time, money, and empty calories feeding myself and my family all because I didn’t have a plan. It was frustrating, discouraging, and a money waster.

If you’ve ever felt like this, meal planning is a total game-changer.  

Once I started meal planning, I felt less of a burden or worry when the time for lunch or dinner drew nearer.  And meal planning could be the missing key that helps you save money, de-stress dinnertime, lose weight, and eat healthier, too!

Let me introduce you to 
The 2018 Healthy Meal Planning Bundle 

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Kids Dealing with Anger--Book Review

Feelings of anger and frustration are just two of the many emotions kids have to learn how to navigate through.  As a parent, I find it difficult how to put into words what I desire my kids to learn.  I have a two-year-old and an eight-year-old.  They are so different not only in age but in development.  So sometimes I find myself caught off guard in how to explain to two kids at the same time who are fighting and angry with each other.

For us as parents how can we help children cope with this strong emotion?  

I came across this really short and simple book that gives children a visual of their inner turmoil. The pages contain illustrations for the kids to relate to visually.  The illustrations are in black and white for the kids to personalize and color.  which can be a great way for them to remember what they are learning and really make this book unique and personal to them!

I find that though it is geared to maybe five or six- years and up, it can still be a great book for little ears to hear.  It has a nice rhymic soothing pattern that can help calm the young ones.  

For older ones the book gives alternatives to blasting out in anger.  Instead of reacting, the book in playful rhyme redirects kid to several brain training games.  Examples to name a few: spelling out words or do math problems.

Although most of the book are things I sort of heard before in my passion for reading parenting books, I think that this would be nice to have in my kids' shelves.  I think the idea of hot lava flowing, and all the descriptions of what happens before a volcano explodes is a great way to help kids understand all their emotions.  This book gives word and pictures to the mysterious and chaotic big emotions children often have.

Overall this is a book I would not mind having on our bookshelf.  I like that it gives me another tool in working with my kids.    I feel like it is maybe a three starred book.  I do love colorful illustrations not from my child’s coloring.  Some of the verbiage are meant for an older kid like my eight-year old. 

You can find this The Anger Volcano  on Amazon

About the Author

Amanda Greenslade is a writer from Queensland, Australia who is the author of children's books and an epic fantasy series.
Greenslade wrote The Anger Volcano for her exuberant autism spectrum child who has a hyposensitive sensory processing disorder. 

Some children are more prone to have angry outbursts, or even meltdowns, because of emotional (or other) triggers like dealing with anger and frustration or sensory under- or over-stimulation.

Autism spectrum kids, as well as children in general, can benefit from being more mindful about their emotions. The Anger Volcano is all about empowering them to train their own brain to react in a better way than shouting or hitting out in the heat of the moment.

Disclosure: I did receive a digital review copy of this book in order to write my honest opinions.  I was not compensated to write this review.  

Flash Sale: Ultimate Healthy Meal Planning bundle

What if there was just one thing standing between you and a healthier life?

I know it seems hard to believe but hear me out…

Healthy meals don’t just happen.

(Wouldn’t that be nice!)

You have to decide what you’re eating, make your list, buy the ingredients, and then prepare everything.

And the domino that starts it all is knowing what you’re going to eat.

In other words, the path to health begins with a plan.

Today, you can get your hands on ready-made meal plans for just the way you eat—complete with shopping lists and fresh recipes—for a ridiculously low price.

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It’s a complete meal planning solution made up of 10 mini-bundles.

Each bundle contains digital cookbooks, fresh meal ideas, and ready-made plans (and even grocery lists!). No matter how you eat, there’s a mini-bundle that’s perfect for you and there are two buying options:

Option 1: Pick up just one mini-bundle that works best for your life right now - quick & healthy, budget-friendly, Instant Pot & slow cooker OR diet-specific options like vegan, real food, paleo, keto, gluten-free… there’s one that’s right for you.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Hope in the 2018

Never have I chosen a "word" for the new year, and this year I did not really choose one.  This last year I felt the lows of the holidays.  I felt a lot of disillusionment.  Waking up in the morning to crack at the day before sleeping babies to make Christmastime "magical and special" was difficult.  I did not get accomplished my grand plans of reading the Luke 2 story every morning and introducing a new special Nativity Piece.  In fact my 7 year old found the box of Nativity and broke it out before Thanksgiving even had a chance.  The surprise in purchasing of this Little People Nativity set sort of just went up in flames.

In short.  I felt frustrated and a failure.  We had no Christmas tree.  We did not really set up new Christmas Family traditions.

At the lowest part of my December-January year, I remember just crying out to God for help.  Telling my heavenly Father...."I can't.  I just can't..."

Relief flooded down my face along with a  mixture of grief and pain and feelings of failure.
The turning point from where I was to where I am now has been slow imperfect progress.  The day after I felt like a slug.  Doubts and questions swam around in my thoughts.  "Do I want to open the Bible?  Would I really be encouraged and better?  Maybe....."

Reading the Word and just asking God to make it alive again has helped.  Hoping in being transformed with each step and decision has helped.  Seeing my  kids rely and trust in me to be everything they needs has really pushed me to dig down deep and not give up.  With everything going on in the world....my children need a steadfast Hope...and no it is not me, but God.  When the ground shakes and the mountains crumble--they need something truly reliable to stand on, and that is His truth.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

How to get those Captured Moments in a Photo Album

With kids being young, I find myself taking a barrage of photos. Every moment captured is a memory kept--I feel the need to catalog and treasure! Sometimes...maybe too much. Perhaps it is just how easy it is to point and shoot without fear of wasting film. Do you remember those days? Where you have to wind up your camera and only have 24 exposures? Each shot had to count! I sort of miss those simple days. I sort of miss those days when we actually ran to get these pictures developed and placed in an album. It is always such a hassle for me to sit down a moment and sort through pictures and pictures of moments. Do you ever struggle with that? I do! When I finally got a quiet moment in the middle of the night, I played around with the thousands of photos I did have. And within an hour I had finished getting my photo album ordered!

Amazing right?

So how did I do it?

1. Carve Out the Time.
I know this is a hard one. If you needed to get something done, it is usually because we have had to carve out time. To Make it, we got to plan to do it.
 2. Gather and Load up.
Gather and load up those pictures that have been cluttering up your phone or if you are amazing--get that memory card out from your camera!
 3. Pick a Collection of pictures that you want to put in the album.
This is usually the time that I look at all the pictures that I have, and I decide what I want to do. Maybe it was a day at a park, or a birthday party or a day where you went camera happy...what you want to do is group them up together.
4. Import photos to Collage.com where you can start creating your photo album!
 I personally was surprised at how many hours I can spend arranging and rearranging photos. I have used and ordered from a few websites, but I have found that Collage.com is so truly very user-friendly.  Collage.com is one that I highly recommend.

Importing and Uploading to Collage.com
From the start, importing my photos is simple.  I found that Collage.com quickly and easily located my pictures.  I loved the fact that it gave me options to download from my Facebook and Google accounts. Sometimes I have pictures posted on my social sites that I have forgotten.  I find that having this option to download from other places is a great perk.

Easy Set up
Next, it gives me the quick option of placing the pictures for me. Sometimes it helps not looking at a blank canvas. I click yes usually because it gives me an idea of what this photo album will look like.  It automatically puts it in chronological order too!

Rearranging Pictures
Editing using Collage.com has been simple by far.  If you like to rearrange furniture--you will love how easy it is to move and resize pictures.  I had fun rearranging a page because there's this automatic button you click on that shuffles pictures for you!  Dragging and dropping pictures to the different pages was a breeze.  I liked the way Collage.com has it all laid out for me to see all the pages.  It was not constantly trying to figure out what was on which page.  I was able to see what my photobook would look like on my screen.  I especially loved how easy it was to go back and upload more pictures if I needed to.  Everything went smoothly and no crashing or loss of work done when I needed to upload more photos.  It was rather a pleasant and almost therapeutic experience!

Here's a Screenshot of what it looks like in the editing phase.  Here I have highlighted what I use when I have a collage.  The options to flip a picture, shuffle, change out borders, and more.  I really find it fun to find that perfect look.

Editing Pictures
Can I just say how hard it COULD be to edit pictures?  One feature that I have to say is wonderful is Collage.com's Editing picture tool.  For a person who is not really familiar with all the photo editing lingo--this feature that they have is perfect!  I can click to edit individual pictures--adjusting brightness, adding text, Cropping, and more.  This feature has saved me time.  There were a number of pictures that I have taken that were too dark, and I was able to quickly adjust the brightness.

I love the finished product. Not only did Collage.com capture our memories and finally put it into our hands as a photo album, but they also gave me a quality product that did not waste my time or money.
Collage.com is highly recommended by me.  I am excited to start on my next photo album!

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Disclosure: I did receive a free photobook for the purpose of reviewing and trying out Collage.com. I was not required to write a positive review.  All reviews are my personal own opinion.