God Bless Our Country {Review}

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God Bless our Country is the sweetest little board book


unnamed-12Each page throughout the book has fun rhyming text with sweet little animals acting out the text. Each page has different animal families or different groups of animals beautiful illustrated our favorites are the raccoon family, the chipmunk family, the beaver family, the otter family and the cougar family.

God Bless our Country mainly focuses on summer months and all kinds of fun summer activities such as camping, swimming, picnicking and fireworks, my kids loved this because summer is their favorite time of year!

I especially love the last page of the book!


I feel like it really captures the blessing that God has given us and our children!

We have been enjoying this book as a family and will for years to come! I think God Bless our Country would make a very sweet birthday gift especially to a little one who has a birthday in the summer. God Bless our Country would also make a great addition to any home library and for sure perfect for Grandmas house {my mom lives on the lake so this is perfect!!}

Although Tommy Nelson/ Tommy Nelson Mommy did send me this book to review I was not compensated for this post.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own. 

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Brave Girls: Beautiful You 90 Day Devotional Review {Giveaway!}

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I recently had the privilege of reviewing another awesome Brave Girls 90 day devotional, this is the 3rd one in the series and is called “Brave Girls: Beautiful You


The brave girls are a HUGE favorite in our house! My daughter absolutely adores the “Brave Girl Bible stories” book and wears her Brave Girls shirt almost every single day! She has also loved the other two 90 day devotionals, “Brave Girls: Better Than Perfect” and “Brave Girls: Faithful Friends” Since we know and love entire Tommy Nelson Brave Girl series I knew to expect something great and I was right!

This wonderful devo takes your daughter through the 90 days with writings from three of the brave girls Hope, Glory and Gracie (I absolutely love this aspect because it makes it seem so much more personal for the little girl reading it or having it read to her.)

During the 90 days this book strives to show girls that our beauty comes from within and God made us just the way that we are and we are perfect in his eyes. As a mother I want my daughter to be comfortable in her own skin and to know exactly that, that God created her just the way she is!

The Devo is broken into six sections:

  • Beautiful Basics:
    Showing us that yes we are all flawed but we are beautiful because of who made us!
  • Radiant Reflections:
    Shows us we are sinners but God loves us despite that and will keep helping us fight future temptation!
  • Works of Beauty:
    Shows us we are truly beautiful when we love and help others and have a kind Christ like spirit!
  • Beautifully Clothed:
    Show us that God can change us when we take off our old wardrobe {life without Christ} and embrace him our new wardrobe {life with Christ}!
  • Kingdom Fitness:
    This reminds us that our bodies are a holy temple for the Lord and should be treated that way!
  • Creative Beauty:
    Shows us that we are uniquely and beautifully made the way God wants us to be!

“Learn how Special God thinks you are and how you can be bold, brave and Be-you-tiful!” – {from the back cover}

As with all of the devotionals in the brave girl series each day has a bible verse, a 1 or 2 paragraph devotion and ends with a sweet little prayer.  We have absolutely love this book in our house!

This is a wonderful Devotional that I highly recommend Brave Girls: Beautiful You to anyone with a daughter/granddaughter age 6 to teen!

Want to win a copy? One Lucky reader will win their own copy! ENTER HERE for your chance to win!

Giveaway will run from 5/13/16-5/21/16

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Growing up my mom loved Dolly and I did too! I loved her amazing voice and her bubbly personality! I’ve always loved that she was from a big family, I’m the youngest of 9! She always made me smile. She is not only an amazing singer but a fantastic actress! My favorite version of Baby its cold outside is the duet with Dolly and Rod Stewart, it seriously doesn’t get better than that!

Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors - Season 1

So, months ago when I heard that there was a new movie coming out about Dolly’s upbringing, I knew I wanted to see it. Over the years I had heard bits and pieces about her life as a young girl and her family but nothing like what the movie would bring! This is a beautiful movie perfect for the whole family. Have you ever wondered how Dolly went from “dirt poor” {her words} to where she is now? Or how she started singing? This tells the whole story and I highly recommend it! Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors was released on May 3, 2016


“Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” is based on the inspiring true story of living legend Dolly Parton’s remarkable upbringing. This once-in-a-lifetime movie special takes place inside the tight-knit Parton family as they struggle to overcome devastating tragedy and discover the healing power of love, faith and a raggedy patchwork coat that helped make Parton who she is today.

The film is set in the Tennessee Great Smoky Mountains in 1955. It is neither a biopic nor a musical about Dolly’s whole life and performing career, but rather a family-oriented faith-based story about the incidents in her and her family’s life around the time she was nine years old.

Alyvia Alyn Lind will portray nine-year-old Dolly Parton, with Jennifer Nettles as Parton’s mother, Ricky Schroder as her father and Gerald McRaney as her grandfather.

“Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” is written by Pamela K. Long. She executive produces with Sam Haskell and Dolly Parton. The film is a production of Magnolia Hill Entertainment and DP Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Source: NBC



  • Coat of Many Colors: Bringing the Song to the Screen (Featurette) – This featurette explores the early life of Dolly Parton, the “Queen of Country Music.”  Ms. Parton talks about the origin of her hit song “Coat of Many Colors” and the journey of bringing this story of love and forgiveness to television.
  • Deleted Scenes


  • Price: $19.98 SRP
  • Street Date: May 3, 2016
  • 1 DVD-9
  • Audio: English (5.1)
  • Subtitles: English and Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 16×9 Widescreen
  • Running Time: Approx. 180min. (2 x 90min) /Special Features: Approx. 20 min.
  • Catalog # 1000596788
  • UPC #  883929538409
About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment’s home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third-party retail partners and licensees.

 want to extend a HUGE Thank You to Warner Bros. for sending my family this wonderful DVD!!

*Although Warner Bros. did send me this DVD to review I was not compensated  for this post.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own. 

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LEGO Scooby-Doo!: Haunted Hollywood GIVEAWAY


I didn’t plan to post on Mother’s Day and yet here I am but…its for a good cause…a  Scooby Doo cause!

Growing up who didn’t love Scooby Doo? My husband and I both did and love that we can share that fun with our kids who love the same show and the same characters that we did! In our house it isn’t too unusual to here our kids say “and if it wasn’t for you meddling kids I would have gotten away with it” I know our kids are weird but it makes us laugh every single time!unnamed-7 The blend of Scooby doo and the gain with Legos is GENIUS! You really can’t get better than that! Our kids have loved this movie so much {I’m so happy we have the DVD+BlueRay+digital so they can literally watch it anywhere!} The DVD came with a list lego scooby {its mine…I get it}

LEGO® Scooby-Doo!: Haunted Hollywood would make a fantastic gift for the Scooby Doo lover in your life {young or old} It also makes a perfect family movie night movie…but be warned it may become the movie picked for every movie night like in our house!

In LEGO® Scooby-Doo!: Haunted Hollywood, the gang heads to the entertainment capital of the world, Hollywood, where they take a tour of the legendary Brickton Studios, a historic Hollywood movie studio. While visiting the lot, the gang is surprised to find the once powerful film studio has fallen onto hard times. Neglected and in disrepair, Brickton, which has lost its luster, now faces threats of closure and an impending sale to greedy developers who want to tear it down.

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To top it off, the Mystery Inc. gang discovers that the studio’s backlot is haunted by the ghost of Boris Karnak, a famous, oldtime movie actor who has been making ghostly appearances in the roles he once made famous – including the Headless Horseman, the Mummy and the Zombie. The ghostly sightings have frightened away the cast and crew of Brickton’s latest film production, which was the studio’s final effort in trying to save the company from going under. Now with production halted on the movie which was supposed to rescue Brickton from its demise, it looks as though the famous backlot is destined to fall into the hands of the developers after all. Will it be a wrap for Brickton or will Scooby and the gang find a way to help the studio achieve box-office success? It’s a “bricktacular” adventure no Scooby-Doo! fan will want to miss!

Get a Sneak Peek of all the fun with the OFFICIAL LEGO SCOOBY-DOO!: HAUNTED HOLLYWOOD TRAILER!

So grab the whole family and some Scooby Snacks and have a fun family night…or afternoon or anytime! LEGO® Scooby-Doo!: Haunted Hollywood gets 2 thumbs up from all three of my kiddos and us!

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Bonus Episodes:

  •  LEGO® Scooby-Doo!: Knight Time Terror – The gang investigates a mansion that’s rumored to be haunted in this LEGO® Scooby-Doo! episode, which originally premiered on Cartoon Network in October 2015.
  • Headless Horseman of Halloween – In this episode from the Scooby-Doo! Dynomutt Hour, Scooby and his pals go to Sleepy Hollow, where they investigate the legendary Headless Horseman.
  • Creepy Kreeper (“Jeepers, It’s the Creeper”) – In this episode from Scooby Doo, Where Are You! the gang investigates a zombie-like creature named the Creeper, who robs banks at night.

Don’t forget to go grab a copy of LEGO Scooby-Doo!: Haunted Hollywood tomorrow Tuesday, May 9th online or wherever DVD’s are sold you will not regret it! 

Oh yeah and I’m giving away a copy! Click HERE to enter!!! 

ONE lucky reader will win a DVD copy of LEGO: Scooby-Doo!: Haunted Hollywood!

The giveaway will end May 22nd. Open to residents of the US only and must be 18 years old to enter

Happy Mother’s Day!

 I want to extend a HUGE Thank You to Warner Bros. for sending my family this wonderful DVD!!

*Although Warner Bros. did send me this DVD to review I was not compensated  for this post.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own. 

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30 Day Ab Blast Challenge!

**Update this was supposed go live May 1st, but due to technical errors it did not!**

How about a 30 day Ab Challenge? What if I told you it would only take 5 minutes? Do I have your attention now?

Since today is May 1st I thought it would be the perfect time to start! {by no means do you have to start on the 1st, you can start it any time you want!}

Basically this is a 5 minute interval workout, meaning you do one move for 50 seconds {as hard as you can doing as many reps as you can, don’t forget to count your reps as you are doing each move} then rest for 10 seconds and go to the next move.

To make things a little easier I have crated a free printable to make it easier to track {be sure to track your progress so that you can see how much stronger you are getting from day-to-day/week to week!}

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The best part about this challenge is there is no equipment needed, it can be done anywhere at anytime! Easy huh!

I have not done this yet so I will be doing it right alone with you!

Here are the moves!


50 sec Crunches


Rest 10 sec

50 sec Leg Lifts


Rest 10 sec

50 sec Bicycle Crunches


Rest 10 sec

50 sec Russian Twists {no weight}


Rest 10 sec

50 sec Reverse Crunches


Rest 10 sec

Wanna make it a 10 minutes Ab Blast? Repeat in reverse order starting with Reverse Crunches ending with Crunches!

Grab an interval timer (I use the Gymboss) and set for 5 sets of 50 Seconds workout and 10 seconds rest.

This is what it will look like on a Gymboss all ready to go:


If you feel so inclined jot down your weight and you waist measurements to see just how much change happens over the next 30 days!

Happy Ab burning!

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