Thursday Things

So, the kids and I went on a field trip today and came home to our front door being open. Thankfully all is well. One cat was sat outside but ran back in when we pulled up. Very thankful that we didn’t let the birds out today as they would have wreaked havoc in our house! I can’t even imagine that mess…

Anyway…here are my Thursday Things. Let me know what your favorite things were for the week!!

Toms for Target beanie

First thing that I liked about this week is this hat! It is the Toms for Target beanie. I love the whole premise behind Toms and that so many other companies are doing something similar. And that it is a cute beanie is an extra! ;)

Happy birthday  jenniferAnother thing I liked about this week was my birthday! Well, my actual birthday was so uneventful. We mostly just sat around…ha! But the day before we made the drive to Richmond, VA, which is about 2.5 hours away. We went to a restaurant that we haven’t been to since we were in AZ, AND they have a Samurai Sam’s so Lauren was able to get her rice. They don’t sell sauce though, unfortunately. Now, I just have to wait for my mom to ship me the bottles that I bought while I was there.

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Ahh, finally got an ipad mini. I look at Pinterest at night before bed to help me fall asleep and the words are just so stinking small.. So, this is helping that sooo much. Of course, one drawback is that I charge it by a window and we get a little draft that really makes it cold! I ordered a case and can’t wait for it to get here to make it a little warmer when I hold it. :)

brownies at ChristmasOk…seriously. National Brownie Day is the day after my birthday. Ahhhhhh… What planning. And I celebrated. Oh yes…I did… :) Look at that chocolatey goodness…

Last thing for this particular week is this video. This rooster is awesome, I want one just like it. We just had to get rid of seven roosters this week, so this was a fun video to watch this week. :)

Anyway, that’s my week! Again, let me know anything that was great about your week!! Love hearing it!

 

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Lumo Project – Gospel of John

Lumo Project – Gospel of John

The Lumo Project is a ground breaking, multi-language biblical film resource transforming the way we discover, study and engage with the life of Jesus through the four New Testament Gospels: redefining the standard of visual Biblical media. The Lumo Project presents four films – one for each Gospel account – that will revolutionize the way we all experience the story of Jesus and the world of First Century Palestine in which he lived.

gospelofjohnTonight I watched the Gospel of John film… right away I noticed how different it was than typical movies and how they portray Jesus. This film takes the Bible texts as its script, word for word, unedited. That makes such an amazing difference. It contains all the original stories that changed the world, from Jesus’ miraculous birth to his agonizing death on the cross and his triumphal resurrection; all his miracles, his teachings, his parables and the extraordinary story of his life.

Five years in the making, this epic production has been critically acclaimed by leading religious scholars as a unique and highly authentic telling of the Jesus story. Narrated by leading British actor David Harewood (‘Homeland’, ‘Blood Diamond’, ‘Merchant of Venice’) it is based on the latest theological, historical and archaeological research. With specially constructed sets and the extraordinarily authentic villages and countryside of rural Morocco, it immerses the viewer in the world of first century Palestine. 

I felt like they did a great job in the movie. It was basically listening to a recording of someone reading the Bible, but it also had a movie to go along with it. Quite different. Sometimes I thought the movie wasn’t at the same spot with what was being narrated, but that is such a little thing.

gospelofjohn2The movie is a little over two and a half hours long, but it doesn’t seem like it is that long at all. I think this is a great family movie and I wish I had my kids around while I was watching it tonight.

You are able to choose the NIV version, the King James version or a Spanish version. The Gospel of John is presented in full with the NIV narrated by David Harewood and the KJV narrated by actor Brian Cox. I chose the NIV version. I enjoyed the narrating voice, it seemed to work well with the movie.

I highly suggest watching it! The movie is now, as of December 1st, available on Netflix! You can check out more information about this movie at their website. They also are on facebook, twitter and instagram.

I am looking forward to the other three movies coming out!

 

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Thursday Things

Woah, another week has gone by!! Only three left until Christmas! I have yet to buy a single gift, how did that happen??

I hope you had a great week… Here are my Thursday Things for this week!

First of all… I am so happy that we got a full house filtration system. Having well water was fine at first, but I don’t know what happened… The water got all metallic tasting which made showering and brushing your teeth something you didn’t want to do. :gag: So…all of our house is now on filtered water… YAY!!!

miltonscrackersNext are these crackers..  Now, I am not usually one to go for anything gluten free, but we saw these at Costco and thought we would try them. I won’t go into what else we saw at Costco and wanted….lol. I also don’t normally go for the ‘everything’ flavor. I think because with bagels the smell is just so…strong. These have a great flavor though, definitely not overpowering. Tasty!!

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Ahh, gotta love this time of year, eh? Well, we rarely ever get sick.. But I think Kyle must have picked something up from church or something because he got a cold first…then Lauren… I think I am trying to get something, but maybe Airborne is keeping it away. I hope anyway… We will see! I get the teeniest bit of water to dissolve the tablet in, and they HAVE to be orange, and then I add a little bit of orange juice in with that. Tastes much better that way…

caress exfoliating body washOne of the last things for this week that I loved is this body wash. I have sensitive skin as I have mentioned before..and sometimes it is just hard to find skin care products.. Shampoo, soap, anything like that can cause all sorts of problems if I am not careful. I grabbed this on a whim at Target because I was looking for a new body wash. I like that this one was exfoliating. Little bead things in there, y’know.. :) And my skin liked it too. The scent is lovely too… Of course, I keep wanting to say ‘before you dress….caress…’ but whatever. ;)

The last thing is this song.. He Knows My Name by Francesca Battistelli It seems like any time I turned on my phone music this popped up. Out of 500+ songs, that is pretty amazing! When I was looking for a youtube video to share, I found this 12 minute video. It is definitely worth a watch. And I love this song and the way she sings it…

Let me know what you liked about this week! :)

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What I read in November

Woah…this has to be the least amount of books I have read in a single month in a long time… I was glued to my computer in Photoshop working on photos all month and hardly had time to read…

With that being said, this is what I read in November!

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Love by the Morning Star by Laura. L. Sullivan – Upstairs, downstairs, and in which lady’s chamber?

On the brink of World War II, two girls are sent to  the grand English country estate of Starkers. Hannah, the half-Jewish daughter of a disgraced distant relative, has been living an artistic bohemian life in a cabaret in pre-war Germany and now is supposed to be welcomed into the family. Anna, the social-climbing daughter of working-class British fascists, is supposed to be hired as a maid so that she can spy for the Nazis. But there’s a mix-up, and nice Hannah is sent to the kitchen as a maid while arrogant Anna is welcomed as a relative.

And then both girls fall for the same man, the handsome heir of the estate . . . or do they?

In this sparkling, saucy romance, nearly everything goes wrong for two girls who are sent to a grand English estate on the brink of World War II—until it goes so very, very right!

What I thought: I thought this was a cute story. It was pretty predictable, for the most part, but interesting characters made it a good read.

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Growing Up Social by Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane – In this digital age, children are spending more and more time interacting with a screen rather than a parent. Technology has the potential to add value to our families, but it can also erode a sense of togetherness and hinder a child’s emotional growth. In Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World, you’ll learn how to take back your home from an over-dependence on screens. Discover the five A+ skills needed to give your child the relational edge in a screen-driven world: affection, appreciation, anger management, apology, and attention. Today’s screens aren’t just in our living rooms; they are in our pockets. Now is the time to equip your child to live with screen time, not for screen time. Constant entertainment is not the goal of childhood. No phone, tablet, or gaming device can teach your child how to have healthy relationships; only you can. Growing Up Social will help you:
Equip your child to be relational rich in a digital world
Replace mindless screen time with meaningful family time
Establish simple boundaries that make a huge difference
Read what’s working for the screen savvy family down the street
Prepare your child to succeed down the road in relationships and life
Learn healthy ways to occupy your child while you get things done
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What I thought: I reviewed this book more in a blog post here and you can read that if you’d like!

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Small Talk by Amy Julia Becker – Almost every day, one of Amy Julia s children says something or asks something that prompts her to think more carefully: What lasting mean? William wonders when he hears a song about God being an everlasting God. “If the children who died went to heaven, then why are we sad? Penny asks, when she passes by a funeral for a victim of the Sandy Hook shootings. “I don’t wanna’ get ‘tized!” says Marilee about baptism. These conversations deepen her relationships with her children, but they also deepen and refine her own understanding of what she believes, why she believes it, and what she hopes to pass along to the next generation.

Small Talk is a narrative based upon these conversations. It is not a parenting guide. It does not offer prescriptive lessons about how to talk with children. Rather, it tells stories based upon the questions and statements Amy Julia s children have made about the things that make life good (such as love, kindness, beauty, laughter, and friendship), the things that make life hard (such as death, failure, and tragedy), and what we believe (such as prayer, God, and miracles).

Amy Juliamoves in rough chronological order through the basic questions her kids asked when they were very young to the more intellectual and spiritual questions of later childhood. Small Talk invites other parents into these same conversations, with their children, with God, and with themselves. Moving from humorous exchanges to profound questions to heart-wrenching moments, Amy Julia encourages parents to ask themselves and to talk with their children about what matters most.”

What I thought: This was another book that I reviewed. There is actually a contest open on that blog post that you can win your own copy! It is going to close on December 3rd, still time to enter! Read that here.

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Gasp by Lisa McMann – After narrowly surviving two harrowing tragedies, Jules now fully understands the importance of the visions that she and people around her are experiencing. She’s convinced that if the visions passed from her to Sawyer after she saved him, then they must now have passed from Sawyer to one of the people he saved.

That means it’s up to Jules to figure out which of the school shooting survivors is now suffering from visions of another crisis. And once she realizes who it is, she has to convince that survivor that this isn’t all crazy—that the images are of something real. Something imminent.

As the danger escalates more than ever before in the conclusion to the Visions series, Jules wonders if she’ll finally find out why and how this is happening—before it’s too late to prevent disaster.

What I thought: I really enjoyed this series. I thought the story line was not too ridiculous and it was interesting to see how this particular crisis played out. It was nice getting to know more of the characters too.

I guess I read one more book than I originally thought, so that isn’t bad. Let me know what books you have read and loved lately. :) I need to read five more by the end of the year to meet my Goodreads challenge…it is going to be close, lol.

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Small Talk {Book review and giveaway!}

I love blogs. Reading blogs, looking at pictures on blogs. So, I was excited to read Small Talk by Amy Julia Becker. It reads just like a bunch of blog posts. Love! I talk more about it below!

About the book: Softcover / 230 pages
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Every day, one of Amy Julie Becker’s children says something that prompts her to think about life in a new way. “Mom, does Santa love me?” William asks, after his mother explains the meaning of Christmas…In a chat with her dad about the children who died in the Sandy Hook shootings, Penny asks, “Did they go to heaven?” …”You was a jerk, Mommy?” asks Marilee one morning in the car.
These conversations deepen Amy Julia’s relationships with her children, but they also refine her understanding of what she believes and what God is doing in her own life.
In Small Talk, Amy Julia draws from the wisdom and curiosity of those young voices to reflect on beauty and kindness, tragedy and disability, prayer and miracles. As she moves through the basic questions her kids posed when they were very young to the more intellectual questions of later childhood, she invites us to learn from our own day-to-day conversations with the children in our lives.
This eloquent parenting memoir is about the big questions little hearts ask, the thoughts their words provoke, and the laughter and soul-searching their honesty brings—to adult and child alike.
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About the author:
 Amy Julia Becker writes about faith, family, and disability for Parents.com, the New York Times Motherlode blog, TheAtlantic.com, The Huffington Post parents page, Christianity Today, The Christian century, and numerous other publications. Her first book, A Good and Perfect Gift: Faith, Expectations, and a Little Girl Named Penny, was named one of the Top Ten Religion Books of 2011 by Publishers Weekly. Amy Julia lives in western Connecticut with her husband and three children.
Amy’s Website: http://amyjuliabecker.com
Follow her on Twitter here!
Check out her Facebook page here!

What I thought: Well, like I mentioned above, I love how this book reads like a blog. Each chapter has a few different short stories that revolve around the same point and they all tie in together.
One of my favorite chapters was ‘laughter’. She talked about how she would pray for laughter instead of patience and such when in the midst of no sleep and other things that come with babies and little kids. That is one thing that I would have never thought to do! It definitely makes sense though. Everyone needs more laughter! :)
There are 15 review questions at the end of the book to have discussion or to think more about the book.
I really enjoyed this book and I saw parts of my life in the book too, especially when my kids were little, which made it very relatable for me.
Watch the trailer and get a feel of the book from the author herself!

If you like what you see, make sure you enter the contest to win your own copy of this book! :)

 

 Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
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Cedar Creek Gallery

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At the beginning of October we took a little drive to Creedmoor to Cedar Creek Gallery for their 47th Annual Pottery and Glass Festival. I am only just now putting it on the blog because I didn’t realize that I had the photos still! After going out of town and then getting news that my computer drive is pretty much dead, I started going through some folders and cards… So, here have a little delayed blog post..ha!

There were a lot of people by the time we got there, but we still found parking. We showed up not really knowing where to go and someone suggested to us various areas. Walking around the corner we came up to a glass blowing demonstration. Unfortunately, we had come just at the end of it…but luckily, she was going to do another one soon so we hung around and listened to some Q&A.

The next project she was going to make was a pumpkin! She gathered the orange colored glass beads and got started! You could feel the heat from this thing standing far away from it…They wanted people to stand pretty far back, understandably!!

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And look, the start of the pumpkin!

Cedar Creek GalleryAfter a little more playing, the pumpkin really took shape!

Cedar Creek GalleryWhat’s missing? The stem!! :)

Cedar Creek GalleryI didn’t get a pic of the very final product because she brought it right over to the bin area to cool it down. It has to cool at a certain pace so it doesn’t burst.

We walked around a bit and looked at some of the other items around the area. So many pretty colors! And there were some items from other artists there as well in the store. I didn’t have a lens that worked for the indoor shots, but you get the general idea…

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They got a big blob of glass…….and stretched it……

Cedar Creek GalleryThey stretched it so far!! Almost the length of the patio we were all on! Quite impressive! Then, they broke off the very end piece where it was still pretty thick.

Cedar Creek GalleryThis allowed them to break the rest of this very long piece of glass and make little sticks out of it! See the char marks on the wood? Yeah, you definitely don’t want to touch that glass…

Cedar Creek GalleryIt was a very interesting place to go! We weren’t there very long as everyone started to get hungry. They did have some food trucks there, but nobody could agree on what to eat…so, we went off to another location for lunch.

I suggest making a visit the next time they have a festival, or just going there for the fun of it! They have festivals in the spring and the fall. You can view their website here. :)

 

 

 

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Thursday Things

We had a bit of a cool down here recently! Last week had a day that it was almost 80 and then a day that barely got to 30. Crazy…

So, it is quite understood that a lot of my Thursday Things this week have to do with that. I hope the weather is nice where you are friends!! :)

Ok, the first thing on my list for this week are these cups… I tried finding them online and…nothing. It’s like they don’t exist. I got them at….Walmart… But anyway, they are wonderful.. They are reusable hot beverage cups. You can also recycle them when you are absolutely done with them. They have sipping lids too. I love them! They came in sets of, I want to say 6? The ones I got were half cream/half brown and half cream/half red. Fun and festive for the holidays…ha! Here is a  pic of them that I took with my phone in case you wanted to go on a wild goose chase looking for them.. ha!

Aladdin reuse daily cupsThe next thing is…JACKETS!! Our local Tractor Supply that hasn’t even been opened a year had a 10% off your entire order coupon and well, we took advantage of that plus some. We all got new heavy jackets.. They are also great for working outside in, but I like mine for all sorts of things. Ahh, flannel lining…and it is brown…and longer so my behind doesn’t get frozen. I went again a few days later and the manager on duty gave me a coupon for 15% off our entire order on my birthday. How nice. I think he likes us, hahaha!

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Another thing is…turkey! And that we don’t have to cook one of ours for Thanksgiving. :whew: That was the idea when we first got them, but dang, they are so dang fun and well, kind of cute too. :) So, when we found out that someone in my little town that is in our homeschool group is selling turkeys for Thanksgiving, we jumped on it. Sure, we have to pay more per pound, but I am very much looking forward to trying a ‘real’ turkey!! We picked ours up the other day. This is a pic of our guys from my phone. :D Meet Gomer and Goober. Five points if you know where those names are from…ha!

Two tom turkeysAnother item is a cereal that I know probably isn’t the best thing. But it is so yummy. There are other cereals that are similar out there but we just happened to pick this up at the store this week and I have a handful here and there. Yum. :)

Post Good Morenings waffle crunchLast is a song that I have been hearing a lot lately. My cousin posted it on her facebook page too, so it has definitely been in my head every day! It’s a great song! :)

There you have it! Hopefully you are all staying warm, I know a few of you that read this are cold even in AZ…hehehe.
Let me know what you enjoyed about this last week! I like to read about happy things!

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Growing Up Social {Review and Giveaway!}

Ok, this book….woah, what an eye opener this one was! I will talk more about what I thought about it below… But don’t forget to enter the contest to win your own copy!!

About the book:

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-Softcover
-209 pages
-Parent Resources
-Discussion Guides for every chapter (perfect for a bible study!)

Is technology bringing your family closer together or driving you farther apart?

Children today are no longer playing hide-and-seek outside or curling up with a good book—instead they’ve been introduced to a world of constant digital entertainment through television, video games, and mobile devices. And while technology has the potential to add value to our lives and families, it can also erode a sense of togetherness and hinder a child’s emotional and social development.

In Growing Up Social, Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane will empower you with the necessary tools to make positive changes…starting today. Through stories, wit, and wisdom, you’ll discover how to take back your home from an over dependence on screens. Plus, you’ll learn to teach the five A+ skills that every healthy child needs to master: affection, appreciation, anger management, apology, and attention.

•Equip your child to be relationally rich in a digital world

•Replace mindless screen time with meaningful family time

•Establish simple boundaries that make a huge difference

•Discover what’s working for families that have become screen savvy

•Learn healthy ways to occupy your child while you get things done

Now is the time to equip your child to live with screen time, not for screen time. No phone, tablet, or gaming device can teach your child how to have healthy relationships—only you can.

About the authors:

Gary Chapman

Gary Chapman- author, speaker, and counselor—has a passion for people and for helping them form lasting relationships. He is the bestselling author of The 5 Love Languages series and the director of Marriage and Family Life Consultants, Inc. Gary travels the world presenting seminars, and his radio programs air on more than 400 stations. For more information, visit 5lovelanguages.com.

Arlene Pellicane

Arlene Pellicane- is a speaker and author of 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Wife and 31 Days to a Happy Husband. She has been featured on The Today ShowThe 700 Club, and Family Life Today and formerly served as the associate producer for Turning Point Television with Dr. David Jeremiah. Arlene lives in Southern California with her husband, James, and their three children. Find out more at ArlenePellicane.com.

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What I thought: Woah… Like I mentioned at the top, this book was a definite eye opener. Right from the beginning there was statistic after statistic mentioned that had me looking at our own households use of screen time. A big thing that they mentioned was eye contact, how important it is and if they are on screens all the time, they don’t learn how to look people in the eye!
What I liked about this book is that the authors gave personal stories along with other stories from people they knew. It made it a little more relatable and I put myself in the shoes of the people mentioned. The chapters in the book each start with a quote and they also have helpful tips written out in boxes that go along with what that chapter is talking about. For example, the first chapter gives ideas on things you can do with your child instead of having them involved in screen time.
At the end of the book there is a quiz to see if your child has too much screen time. There are also discussion group questions that are broken down by chapter.

I do think that parents with kids of all ages should read this book. Sometimes your kids have a screen in front of them more times that you realize!

Check out the website and watch the trailer below!

 

Don’t forget to enter to win a copy for yourself!! When you are done reading it, pass it on to a friend or tell them about it so they can get their own copy! It is great for a book club or other book gathering!

 Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

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It’s all about the eyes… Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Review

If you are on Facebook at all, you will have to have seen these eyelash photos floating around talking about this new mascara…I mean, they are everywhere, right? I was curious about them, but never did anything about it… Well, an odd thing happened and I was asked to try them out! What are the chances of that happening again? haha!

The full name is Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes by Younique. Fiber lashes you ask? Yes, that’s what I thought too. I still wasn’t sure how they worked until I checked out their website to read about them.

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The 3D Fiberlash Mascara is just a simple three-step process that combines Transplanting Gel and Natural Fibers to help create the appearance of incredible thickness and volume to your existing lashes. They are NOT false lashes. They are your own! The fibers are natural…made from Green Tea Leaves, hypoallergenic and safe for contact lens wearers.

Younique has lots of other great products, but we’re focusing on the mascara for this review. All Younique products are natural based and a mineral makeup. There’s no testing ever done on animals.

As the instructions stated, I first used my regular mascara…which, I am still trying to find one, so if you have any suggestions, please send them my way. ;) In this review I just used something from Target. So, I did a normal coat of that mascara and let it dry. The directions suggest doing one eye at a time, so that is what I did. First you put on the transplanting gel, which looks like regular mascara to me…then you hurry and apply the fibers followed by another go with the transplanting gel. Here are my results:

EyesFirst of all, in the top pic, you can tell that I was not blessed in the eyelash department. Or eyebrows for that matter, but I hope I cropped those out well enough…but this is my natural eye look.

The second pic is the regular mascara that I used. I did both eyes with that.

The third pic is where I did just one eye with the 3D Fiber Lashes, which I assume you can tell the difference there…I didn’t use a ton because with the black color I didn’t want to overwhelm my face, especially since I had some casual running around the day that I took these pics. haha!
The last pic is both eyes. Now, I don’t like a lot of mascara on my bottom lashes, so I usually only use a little bit. I didn’t use the fibers on the bottom lashes at all.

My thoughts about this product:

  • I like that there aren’t any harsh chemicals involved. The fibers themselves are made with 100% natural green tea fibers.
  • I definitely see a difference using this product!
  • I like that it comes off easily when you are ready for it to. I used warm water and my normal facial cleanser and didn’t have a problem.
  • After wearing them all day, I realized that I was seeing the fibers on my cheeks. The first time I tried them I saw some on my contacts when I went to take them out at night. The directions say to be liberal with your application of the gel, so the next time I wore them I applied even more than I did the first time, but I still saw fibers. I think it might be an experimental process to get it just right.
  • For me, this is definitely not a daily look. I usually wear full makeup on Sundays to church and on the times that Jeffy and I go out. I can definitely see me using this product then!
  • The price is about $30 for the kit and they say it lasts about three months. I don’t know that I personally would spend that much for something that I wouldn’t wear frequently, but you never know. I will keep playing with it for a bit longer and see what I come up with.

Raquel Dunn was kind enough to send this product for my review and you can check out her website to see the 3D Fiber Lashes as well as all of the other products they sell. She is  also on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

There are some other reviews from the Home and School Mosaic team if you were interested and you can read them here. It is always nice to get different opinions on things! :)

I was provided the product mentioned for free in hopes that I would mention it on my blog. I only mention things that I would personally use or I think my readers may use.
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What to do with those family photos!!

After coming back from my crazy trip to Arizona and working on photos for the eleven different families that I took while I was there, I started thinking about our family photos. You know, the ones I haven’t taken yet… um… And that got me thinking about Christmas cards. That I haven’t sent out since we moved here to North Carolina two years ago…. Good gravy!!! I need to get on the ball!

I had a few of those families write and ask me about Christmas cards. Back in the day I would just make something up for them, or use a template that a friend designed and let me use. But guess what? That computer drive crashed and now I have nothing… I know, I tell everyone I know to back up their stuff and what do I do? hmm…

minted logoSo, I saw some totally cute card designs from Minted! Have you heard of this place? So fun!! I clicked right over to their holiday section to look for Christmas cards thinking they would have a page or two. Nope. They had like…30 pages. And there is such a variety of cards!

In the past, whenever I was actually on the ball and sent out cards…I would usually plan the card around the photos… But seriously, this year, I think I am going to plan the photos around the card! They have so many different styles! Here are some examples:

minted card example 1You could take something simple as just your name and look how cute this card is! Also, it is nice to know that our name would fit since it has the same amount of letters as shown. ;) But really, you could dress this card up, or do it casual. I find that to be the case with a lot of their cards!

minted card example 2This is another one that I thought was cute! Since there are still a few people out there that don’t know that we moved away from AZ, this would really let them know! ;) And west coasters, there is a style for you as well!

minted card example 3In playing around more with their website, I realized you can really make these your own card! You can change the color accents, the greeting, the shape of the card, the format, the paper…the list goes on! And it is nice that you can change it right as you are looking at it on the screen too! I like the wavy card like this one. Adds a little interest! They also have ornament cards, folding cards…ok, I don’t want to feel like I am listing the different kinds of shrimp like they did in Forrest Gump. ha! But really…it is awesome and all done with a click of a button. :)

One more thing…in perusing their site today, I noticed they are having a sale…I KNOW, RIGHT!?!?! They are offering $25 off and free shippiing on holiday card orders, but…it looks like it ends tomorrow! (Monday!) What is nice though, is that you can go ahead and buy the cards now and personalize them later. Which is good for people like me that are, um, only slightly behind on taking their family photos…..hehehe…

Now, you need to help me! What are your favorite designs?? :) I accidentally made my way over to their blog and got lost in there for a few hours looking around…hey, it happens!!  I am in love with their posts on design…there was a lovely house with a white washed brick kitchen area featured…I love love love it! And a neat bathroom… Oh, and don’t forget the recipes. Right there on the front page is a recipe for peanut butter fondue.  Seriously, I die. Check out my Pinterest account and you will see this is like my dream blog..haha!

But yes, anyway, let me know your favorite card designs, because I am just overwhelmed with everything right now…lol. :)

 

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