Monday, July 31, 2017

"I See Me" Personalized Lunch Box Giveaway

July 31, 2017 2 Comments

 Personalized Lunch Box Giveaway

Welcome to the I See Me Personalized Lunch Box Giveaway!

This is part of our Back To School Gift Guide, so please check it out!
This contest is hosted by the Social Media Gurus Network!
Below is a list of all the bloggers involved in the gift guide.

Michigan Saving and More

Deliciously Savvy

Tales From A Southern Mom

Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains

Here We Go Again ready

My Silly Little Gang

Everyday Gizmos Sweeps & Views

Bargnhtress

Easter Babe’s Theory

Peyton’s Momma

Things That Make People Go Aww

Cook With 5 Kids

Java John Z's

Miles With Christ

Gift Guide Logo

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Now let’s get to the sponsor!
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I See Me!


pink lunchbox  

Choice of Personalized Lunch Box

Children love having a new lunch box each year.  And, what could be better than to have a one-of-a-kind personalized lunch box?  Enter to win one for your child or grandchild.
$29.99 RV
See the review HERE.

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GIVEAWAY

This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site.You are not eligible if you have won a prize from the sponsor in the last 12 month. This Giveaway is valid in the United States Only and Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 8/28/17. The winners will have 48 hours to email their information back to las93063 at gmail dot com or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contests are responsible for prize fulfillment. If you would like to be a sponsor in a giveaway like this please email Laura Smith at las930 (at)gmail (dot) com. If you take an entry you must stay following for the entire contest or you will be disqualified.

Also we all “love it if you like us” on Facebook! If you like our blogs on social media it helps us bring you only the best giveaways and more of them!

Enter below and Good Luck!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

The QMT Corinthian Bells 44" Windchime Giveaway

July 29, 2017 0 Comments

QMT Corinthian Bells 44-inch Windchime Giveaway

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Hosted By:

Proudly Brings You The:

  Corinthian Bells 44-inch Windchime Review/Giveaway

2- Winners will each receive a set of these Windchimes. 

(Their choice of available colors. Black, Copper Vein, Green. Patina Green, Ruby Splash) 

Holiday Contest and Sweeps recently had the pleasure to review the amazing Corinthian Bells 44-Inch Windchimes from QMT Windchimes. These Windchimes have a truly amazing sound. Each tube resonates it's own soothing mellow tones when the breeze blows around them. Like no other chimes, the Corinthian bells have a mixture of soft and deep tones that make a melody that is both relaxing and peaceful.

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Corinthian Bells® Windchimes are the first in a new generation of Windchimes to combine excellence in design with incredible tones and resonance. These are visually and acoustically exceptional chimes; we believe that they are the best chimes on the market today. The centrally suspended heavy-walled aluminum tubes along with the high density striker give these chimes their outstanding tones and resonance. The tubes are powder coated to match the dome and wind sail, giving a complete finished look to the chime. I can say without hesitation that you are missing out on a experience in sound if you don't own a set of the QMT/Corinthian Bells Windchimes. If you enjoy any type of music, then you will fall in love with the beautiful mix of tones you will hear from them. Corinthian Bells Windchimes rise above the rest because they combine a rich, long-lasting resonance, hand tuned harmonies, and a contemporary design. Each handmade Windchime is available in a variety of designer colors. They’re constructed with durable, weather-resistant materials that make them a 
valuable addition to your home long after you open the box.

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  Corinthian Bells® are available in ten sizes, with each size available in as many as six colors. Winner will be able to choose from the available colors. Their majestic tone will relax you after a hard day's work or just lounging in the patio or yard this summer. QMT Windchimes brings you the best selection of Windchimes available today . Each Windchime is quality made here in the United States. They ship their Windchimes from their factory in Virginia where each Windchime is quality produced to the highest standards like no other. Corinthian Bells and a variety of other Windchimes can be found by visiting QMT's website such as For The Girls , In Loving Memory , Shenandoah, Arias Elite, Arias, Festival along with Weatherland Windchimes. In addition to windchimes they have a great assortment of Mountain View Bird Houses and Mountain View Feeders. Let's take a look on a clip from the TV Show "I Gotta Have That" were they featured the Corinthian Bells Windchimes.



  Click Here To Listen to Listen To The Corinthian Bells Windchimes Sound!

A Big Thank You To Our Sponsor



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Aren't these so beautiful?  They look and sound gorgeous!  They will draw you outside to enjoy the peaceful and relaxing sound as you enjoy the outdoors.
This giveaway is in no way associated, endorsed or affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media networking site.This giveaway will be valid in the Continental United States Only. Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway ends at 12:00 AM (EST) 8/20/2017
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Holiday Contest and Sweeps received a set of the Corinthian Bells Windchimes for review purposes, no other compensation was received. QMT Windchimes will be responsible for awarding and shipping the prize directly to the winner.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Why Homeschool Moms Should Care About Scripture Memorization

July 28, 2017 0 Comments
I'm honored to present this guest post to you from Dakota Lynch of Scripture Memory Fellowship.  Mr Lynch is the IT & Communications Manager, and has been a wonderful help to the homeschool community.  Please enjoy his thoughts on Scripture Memorization and visit the Scripture Memory Fellowship website to see the amazing program there. 

Scripture Memorization

Over the last two years, I’ve traveled to homeschool conventions and book fairs across the country. As I chat with dozens of homeschool moms at each of these events, I frequently turn to their young children and ask if they can quote any Bible verses. Of course, John 3:16 or “Jesus wept” is recited quickly by most, but when asked if they know any others, the response is often disheartening: blank stares, sheepish grins, and a somewhat embarrassed parent. 
Granted, most of these kids are being raised by well-meaning parents who want more than anything for them to know Christ and embrace a biblical worldview. But tragically, many parents mistakenly think they can do this without teaching the actual words of Scripture. 
This might seem like a minor omission at first, but it couldn’t be any more serious. Why? Because a biblical worldview cannot be said to exist apart from a deep and wide knowledge of God’s actual words. We cannot omit the study and memorization of God’s Word from Christian education any more than we could omit the Constitution and Founding Fathers from our study of American history. Without God’s Word, Christian education is not Christian education at all, but moralized secularity.  
Of course, you probably already believe memorizing Scripture is important. After all, the whole reason you decided to homeschool in the first place is likely because you place some value on the Bible’s principles for living. Scripture memory, then, automatically gets your parental stamp of approval. “Sure, memorizing Bible verses is a good thing,” we say — yet relatively few of us make it an integral part of our lives.
The problem, as is so often the case, comes down to prioritization. It’s one thing to mentally assent to the value of knowing Bible verses; it’s quite another to stop what you’re doing and make a focused effort to memorize a few. We know memorizing is important, but we tend to put it in the same category as exercise and eating healthy. Running three miles and then eating a salad is admirable, but sleeping in and having a donut probably won’t kill us, right? 
It’s not that we fail to see the importance of memorizing Scripture; it’s that most of us fail to see the indispensability of it. And if you are homeschooling your kids in hopes of them embracing a biblical worldview as adults, then knowing God’s Word is foundational to the success of your homeschool. Let me say that again, just in case you missed it: if you are homeschooling because you want your kids to have biblical values, then instilling the actual words of Scripture in their hearts is vital.
At Scripture Memory Fellowship, our mission is to motivate and equip believers to memorize God’s Word. Over the years, we’ve learned that a few simple steps will get your family on the road to successful Scripture memorization: 
  • First, decide what you’ll memorize. Goals and deadlines are part of every core subject, and Scripture memory should be no exception. So, set a definite goal with specific verses to memorize.  
  • Second, set a target completion date and share your goal with at least one person outside your immediate family. That added measure of accountability will help you stay on track for the long haul. 
  • Third, make a weekly appointment with a well-chosen person to hear you recite until your goal is reached.
If you’re not sure where to start, our Jonah memory program is great for beginners and is especially suited for integration in any homeschool program. Details and signup info are at scripturememory.com/start. 

Whatever your family chooses to memorize, I can guarantee you’ll be richly blessed as you resolve with the psalmist, “I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word” (Psa. 119:16). 


The NeoCell Be Beautiful $100 Giveaway

July 28, 2017 0 Comments

This post contains affiliate links and I may receive a small commission if clicked on and a purchase is made. Neocell Be Beautiful

Welcome to the Neocell Be Beautiful $100 Credit Giveaway!

This is part of our Back To School Gift Guide, so please check it out!
This contest is hosted by the Social Media Gurus Network!
Below is a list of all the bloggers involved in the gift guide.

Michigan Saving and More

Deliciously Savvy

Tales From A Southern Mom

Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains

Here We Go Again ready

My Silly Little Gang

Everyday Gizmos Sweeps & Views

Bargnhtress

Easter Babe’s Theory

Peyton’s Momma

Things That Make People Go Aww

Cook With 5 Kids

Java John Z's

Miles With Christ

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Not all Supplements are Alike!  NeoCell offers Beauty Bursts, a delicious way to supplement!
These Gourmet Collagen Soft Chews are amazing!
Now let’s get to the sponsor!

Neocell Be Beautiful  

NeoCell

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Collagen Products for your health!


See some of the reviews for products HERE and HERE and HERE.

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GIVEAWAY

This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site.You are not eligible if you have won a prize from the sponsor in the last 12 month. This Giveaway is valid in the United States Only and Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 8/21/17. The winners will have 48 hours to email their information back to las93063 at gmail dot com or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contests are responsible for prize fulfillment. If you would like to be a sponsor in a giveaway like this please email Laura Smith at las930 (at)gmail (dot) com. If you take an entry you must stay following for the entire contest or you will be disqualified.

Also we all “love it if you like us” on Facebook! If you like our blogs on social media it helps us bring you only the best giveaways and more of them!

Enter below and Good Luck!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Fighting For My Kidneys

July 27, 2017 8 Comments
Writing this is very hard, and I've put it off for a couple of days.  My blood work came back on Tuesday and it wasn't what I wanted to hear.  Although my potassium number was better, my kidney GFR was still in the Stage 3 range (moderate).  My creatinine number was still too high.



On top of that, the NP was still very unhappy with all of my cholesterol numbers and wanted to start me on a statin drug.  This was something that freaked me out.  I don't want to take statins, and hear nothing but horror stories about the side-effects and long-term studies.  I have an appointment to talk to her in a few days to discuss all of this.

Since I believe that my kidney damage has come from all of the medications that I'm taking, I want to be weaned off the ones that are known problems for kidneys.  Cymbalta is probably the worst offender and I've been on it for at least 6 years.  The wean for this drug is known to be horrendous.  I want to do whatever it takes to stop this from progressing.



My low-phosphorus, low-sodium diet was started on Tuesday.  It's very strict, and I'll be staying on it forever if it will keep my kidneys functioning.  Since I also have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and Mast Cell Disorder possibly working against the kidneys also, I want to do all I can to help.  It's debatable if these disorders have any cause, but EDS can make the organs weak.  I also know that I have some type of ongoing auto-immune disorder, which could attack kidneys.

So, here's to uncertainty of official diagnosis, but certainty of determination.  There will be lots of fighting around here.
@2017, copyright Lisa Ehrman

The HomeZada Premium- Digital Home Management Giveaway

July 27, 2017 0 Comments

HomeZada Premium - Digital Home Management Giveaway Ends 9/4
 

Welcome to the HomeZada Premium - Digital Home Management Giveaway!

This is part of our Back To School Gift Guide, so please check it out!
This contest is hosted by the Social Media Gurus Network!
Below is a list of all the bloggers involved in the gift guide.

Michigan Saving and More

Deliciously Savvy

Tales From A Southern Mom

Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains

Here We Go Again ready

My Silly Little Gang

Everyday Gizmos Sweeps & Views

Bargnhtress

Easter Babe’s Theory

Peyton’s Momma

Things That Make People Go Aww

Cook With 5 Kids

Java John Z's

Miles With Christ

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We could all use some help with Home Management.  A Digital System is the best, having it with you at all times and easy to  change!  No more paperwork to lose!
Now let’s get to the sponsor!

HomeZada



HomeZada

Premium Plan

See the review HERE.
The winner will receive 1 year of the Premium Plan.

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GIVEAWAY

This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site.You are not eligible if you have won a prize from the sponsor in the last 12 month. This Giveaway is valid in the United States Only and Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 9/04/17. The winners will have 48 hours to email their information back to las93063 at gmail dot com or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contests are responsible for prize fulfillment. If you would like to be a sponsor in a giveaway like this please email Laura Smith at las930 (at)gmail (dot) com. If you take an entry you must stay following for the entire contest or you will be disqualified.

Also we all “love it if you like us” on Facebook! If you like our blogs on social media it helps us bring you only the best giveaways and more of them!

Enter below and Good Luck!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

How To Create A New Schedule

July 26, 2017 0 Comments


How To Create A New Schedule

July 26, 2017
After my husband retired, our routine was gone and replaced with nothing.  We started staying up much later and sleeping in.  He quickly got caught up with his sleep and was appearing more rested.  But, after some time, he began to realize that nothing was getting accomplished in his life.




His goal of writing was getting no where, because he had no schedule to keep him on task.  His lack of schedule was also making me use that as an excuse to be less organized with my time.  We both decided we would like to be more disciplined with our time and be more productive.

I read online to see what other people were doing to create schedules in retirement.  There are many different ways to set up schedules.  We decided to just follow an easy approach.  

1. We wrote down all the things we wanted to accomplish each week and month.


2. We took a blank computer calendar and decided how to spread these goals into practical, doable actions.  We placed the actions onto the calendar in their amount of importance.  
(Ex.  Writing time- he decided how many hours a day he needed to write and added those on the calendar.)  

3. We went over the calendars together to create time to do things together and to make sure we didn't overwork or over commit ourselves.  We wanted to make sure that there was "margin" included in our lives.  Margin is important for rest, reflection and sanity.

Using a digital calendar is helpful, because the schedule may/probably will need tweaking along the way. Schedules aren't created to rule our lives, but to guide us into productivity and protect us from chaos.  


Android Apps offer many digital ways to keep your schedule with you at all times.  Here are a few to check out:
TimeTune is free 

also has this app for iPhone

Because my laptop is Mac and my phone is Android, I prefer to use my Google Calendar which is also on my phone.  That way it syncs perfectly!  

What are your favorite ways to stay organized?  Do you keep a schedule?
@2017, copyright Lisa Ehrman

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