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Monday, March 2, 2015

Entering the Urbini Dream Nursery Contest

“I participated in a Blog Blast Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Urbini. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

Hey neighbors!

Have you entered the Urbini Dream Nursery Contest?  This contest is for new moms designing their first nursery, or for moms having another child and their nursery could use an update!  If you don't fit into one of these categories, you can still help promote the contest for chances at $50 Walmart Gift Cards.



Imagine having Urbini designer Rachel Dacks personally design a nursery for you!   Urbini has just come out with some new designs and is running this contest to showcase these designs.

Winners will receive:
o   Grand Prize: 
§  One Urbini Crib
§  One Urbini Changing Table
§  One Urbini 6 Drawer Dresser
§  One Urbini Cubi Play Yard
§  In addition to the Urbini furniture, the winner will receive a home visit by Urbini designer Rachel Dacks to personally outfit a newly designed nursery. 
o   Second Prize:
§  Choice of one Urbini Crib
o   Third Prize:
§  One Urbini Cubi Play Yard
o   Sweepstakes Winners:
§  Each day, one Sweepstakes participant will be randomly selected to win a $50 Walmart Gift Card

The contest begins Wednesday February 25th and ends Wednesday March 18th.

To enter the Urbini Dream Nursery Contest to win the Grand, Second, or Third Prizes, contestants must post an Instagram photo of the room they want to redesign to their personal Instagram account tagging #UrbiniDreamNursery and #Contest. For all other entry information, including entering to win the daily $50 Walmart Gift Cards, please visit www.UrbiniDreamNursery.com.

Instagram account: https://instagram.com/urbinibaby/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UrbiniBaby?ref=br_tf
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/@urbinibaby
#UrbiniDreamNursery



Urbini Dream Nursery






Koru Naturals


Koru Naturals Review

Hey Neighbors!

I was recently allowed to review two different products from Koru Naturals.  The first was Koru Naturals' Pure Emu Oil, the second was the Manuka Oil and Manuka Honey Shampoo and Conditioner.  I was really excited to have the opportunity to try some of their products.

Koru Naturals is based in New Zealand.  They feel that New Zealand products offer a better value and emphasize natural substances more than those found in America.  Their symbol, the Koru, comes from a Maori name given to the newborn fern frond.


Koru Naturals Review

Before
I want to start with the Emu Oil.  My son has extremely dry, chapped hands.  During the winter months his hands are often so badly chapped that they crack and bleed.  He has tried several creams and lotions.  He seemed a bit skeptical when I mentioned the Emu Oil, but he was willing to try it.  Both of us noticed a marked improvement in his hands after using the Emu Oil for several days in a row.  His hands were not as red, and they were not cracked open and bleeding.  He even mentioned how soft they felt, compared to how rough and dry they used to be.  He keeps the Emu Oil in their bathroom cabinet and uses it each morning and often other times throughout the day.  It does not take much oil to spread on both hands.  A 2 oz. bottle is $9.85.  It should last awhile as it only takes a little drop or two to work in.


There is a big difference between the before above and this one.  I know he has a small cut, but that was from basketball, not dry, cracking skin.



Manuka Oil and Honey Shampoo and Conditioner is next.  I always have to remind myself that natural shampoo and soaps do not lather the same way others do.  I really like the fragrance of the Manuka Oil and Manuka Honey Shampoo and Conditioner.  I only used this once, because my original thought was this would be perfect for my 14 year old.  She has very fine, flyaway hair, and her bangs have a tendency to get slightly oily is she does not keep them off her forehead.  The Manuka Oil and Manuka Honey Shampoo and Conditioner seemed to help.  She likes the fragrance too, which really encourages her to use it!  She has also learned to condition the ends more than her bangs and to occasionally skip using conditioner on her bangs.  I especially like that this is a natural shampoo and conditioner for her to use.  My older daughters use varying products, but for her I appreciate being able to use something not full of chemicals.  The ingredients include New Zealand Manuka Oil, Manuka Honey, Lavender, Chamomile, Rosehip Oil and the strongest ingredient you can smell, Peppermint.  You can purchase the set for $14.95.



Koru Naturals Review





Be sure to visit the Koru Naturals website and take some time to see what else they have to offer.  You may also wish to follow them on their social media sites.
Facebook - HERE
Pinterest - HERE

Then take a moment to see what the other Crew members had to say.  Some of them reviewed other products too!


Koru Naturals Review


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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Dolly In The Window $5 GC Giveaway

Hi Neighbors!

I have opened an Etsy shop to sell some of those vintage dolls.  I have named it "Dolly In The Window".  In honor of my new shop, I am going to giveaway a $5 GC to Chick-fil-a!  All you have to do to enter is visit my new shop, come back here and leave a comment about one item you like and then share for more entries.


That sounds pretty easy, right?  Let's go then!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Queen's Treasures Doll Clothing and Accessories



Hey neighbors!

Here is a really nice company that provides doll clothing and accessories for 18" dolls, The Queen's Treasures.  We received the Salvation Army American Uniform.  It is adorable and looks great on her doll!


My daughter is a history fanatic, so having the opportunity to receive a uniform representing the Salvation Army was pretty exciting.  She has read quite a bit about the founders of the Salvation Army.  The packaging for this particular outfit tells the story of the First world War when Helen Purviance  was sent to France in 1917.  She was an ensign in the Salvation Army and they were to offer comfort to the home-sick soldiers.  She decided to make them doughnuts.  They could only serve 150 doughnuts the first day due to having little to work with and barely any proper tools.  They eventually worked up to 2500-9000 a day once they had a fully equipped kitchen.



Not only does The Queen's Treasures have the Salvation Army Uniform, they also have a Doughnut Girl outfit. both for 18" dolls  What we found really amazing though was the Salvation Army Doughnut Girl Accessories and the 1930's stove they carry.  What little girl would not have fun playing with these!




Back to the outfit we received.  It comes with a top/jacket that has golden buttons and tiny pockets that you can actually place something small in.  The jacket closes with velcro.  The skirt is perfect for my daughter's doll and fits well.  This skirt also uses velcro, which makes it easy for little hands to put on and take off.  The Garrison Cap has a Salvation Army patch on the front.




The outfit comes in a plastic bag with a small white hanger.  These can be re-used to protect your Salvation Army Uniform when it is not being worn.  The Queen's Treasures is donating 10% of the proceeds from these items to the Salvation Army in East Stroudsburg PA.

You should definitely go check out what they have available, along with following them on their social media.
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE
Pinterest - HERE

Now the best news is, one reader will receive the same outfit we reviewed, so hurry up and enter the giveaway!  Thank you for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Heirloom Audio Production's In Freedom's Cause


In Freedom's Cause Audio CD Review

Hi Neighbors!

Here is a really exciting Christian audio drama we recently had the opportunity to review.  It was created by Heirloom Audio Productions.  It is called In Freedom's Cause Single Package, adapted from G. A. Henty's book of the same title.  This audio drama is made for ages 6 - adult and is 2 1/2 hours long.  My daughters listened to it in it's entirety in two nights.  They told me they couldn't get to sleep because they were enjoying the story so much.  You can order the 2 CD set for $29.97 plus shipping and handling.  You will also receive some added bonuses that includes an eStudy Guide, perfect for homeschoolers.

In Freedom's Cause tells the true story of William Wallace and King Robert the Bruce.  I want to add here that I could sit and listen to it for hours just because of the accents, but it truly is an interesting and attention grabbing story.  Set in Scotland this tale tells of how one man's faith moved a group of farmers, shepherds and merchants to defeat a mighty, trained, military force.

This is perfect for encouraging a love of history and reading.  The story is read/dramatized in a way to hold your attention from the beginning right to the end.  The drama is filled with sound effects, music and of course the voices of the characters.  I think the biggest problem you will encounter is trying to shut In Freedom's Cause off!

The eStudy Guide starts with an introduction to Henty, William Wallace and King Robert the Bruce.  The actual study guide is broken into three sections, Listening Well, Defining Words and Thinking Further.  The Listening Well will ask questions regarding the actual story they have listened to, with direct questions.  Defining Words will give your child/children the opportunity to look up and study words that they may be unfamiliar with.  Here are a couple of examples: claymore, cairn, vassal and Scone.  The last section is the Thinking Further that requires the student to draw deductions or speculate based on what they heard.  You can easily use this as an elective or work it right in to your homeschool program.  It is also great for quiet times.  The eStudy Guide can be printed off and placed in a binder for easier use.

Also available with the In Freedom's Cause Single Package is a MP3 Soundtrack Download and a download of a Printable copy of the Prayer of William Wallace.

One of our favorite parts is where Ned meets Marjory, who is up a tree.  He offers to help her down, but she politely refuses telling him she needed no help getting up the tree and needs no help getting down.  Of course we do have plenty more favorites throughout the entire drama.

Overall we as a family enjoyed In Freedom's Cause and recommend it to you.  To stay updated on future projects be sure to follow their social media pages.
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE
Google+ - HERE
Pinterest - HERE

You will learn about things like their upcoming new release: With Lee in Virginia.  We are definitely interested in this one!


On Facebook - HERE

Other Crew members participated in this review.  Be sure to read their reviews also!


In Freedom's Cause Review



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Monday, February 23, 2015

Answers In Genesis Creation Museum Part 2


Hey neighbors!

Here is Part Two of our visit to the Creation Museum.  If you wish to read the first post, that talks about Buddy Davis, click HERE.  Part Two of our visit is going to cover the Insectarium!



The Insectarium was not there the last time I visited, so we made sure to visit this time.  They have so many displays of insects.  It is amazing how many different shapes, colors and sizes of insects there are.  What a beautiful display of creation.  It is interesting to learn about different insects and how God created them with certain abilities.




You will get to "meet" Dr. Crawley's Assistant who will share some amazing facts with you.



I do want to share some great news here that I just received from the Creation Museum: there is a Spring Break special if you are interested in visiting the museum.  Here is an excerpt from their email:
For a limited time, we are offering a $99 Spring Break Getaway Package. This package is valid for up to four tickets to the Creation Museum and a one-night hotel stay at the Wingate in Florence, KY. You read that right: a family of four can visit the Creation Museum and get a hotel room for only $99. At that price, bring another family with you!

Here’s the catch. This offer is only valid from March 22, 2015 through April 20, 2015, and there are only five packages available for each of those days, which means only 150 families will be able to take advantage of this unbeatable package. So don’t hesitate or you’ll miss this great opportunity for a family getaway to the Creation Museum. 

In case you’re wondering, the 2015 2x2 family promotion is already calculated into this package. For $99 you get one night at the Wingate and two general admission tickets plus two free tickets (that’s four total tickets) to the Creation Museum. 

To book your Creation Museum Spring Break Getaway Package, call 800-721-2298. Not available through the hotel; this is a Creation Museum package and only available through Creation Museum Reservations at 800-721-2298.


How does that sound?  Be sure to contact them for more information!  This is a SUPER deal!





We really enjoyed this trip and highly recommend the Creation Museum.  Remember, even if you can't make spring break, the Museum has Buy Two Tickets, Get Two Tickets.



Now, here is the giveaway for this post, don't forget there is one more coming!  In this giveaway we have 2 CDs - 1. The Six Days of Creation (Featuring Ken Ham)  2. The Bible Explains Dinosaurs (Featuring Ken Ham) and a book - War of the Worldviews.  Go ahead and enter and then share this giveaway with your friends!

Thanks for stopping in.  See you soon!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Answers in Genesis Creation Museum



Hey Neighbors!

Many of you know we too a quick trip to visit the Answers in Genesis Creation Museum in Hebron KY.  You heard about our trip there and how we ended up traveling the last portion of our trip in a snow storm.  I have already shared some of those pictures.

Here is what I am going to do regarding the Creation Museum.  I am going to write a couple of posts because while we were there we visited the store and I picked up a few things to giveaway.  So, this first post will be about the Buddy Davis concert we went to.


Buddy Davis, creates most of the dinosaurs on display at the museum.  He also teaches, sings and does workshops with children at the museum.  Over the years my daughters have attended a few of the workshops and they have loved them.  In one of the workshops they created a dinosaur head sculpture.


Buddy Davis also has several music CDs.  We own several of them and we purchased another one when we visited this time.  Of course we listened to it several times on the return trip.  He also has a few DVDs that are both fun and educational for children.  Adults like them too!  And yes, we own most of these too!
This was back in 2008.  The girls have really changed!

Buddy and his wife Kay were at the museum quite a bit when we first began visiting the museum several years ago.  Now however with his speaking schedule he is not there quite as often, which made this trip really special to the girls because they had not seen him in quite some time.  If you want to stay up to date with Buddy Davis, you can follow him on Facebook - HERE.


The concert began at 3:00 and ran approx. 45 minutes.  We heard several old favorites and then were quite excited to hear some new ones too.  My daughters have always enjoyed Here Kitty, Kitty, which we were once again able to hear, along with the Woodpecker song.




One of the things I personally appreciate is he gives the gospel message during his concert.  Also I like that many of his songs take a stand regarding Christianity.  He could easily just sing about creation, but takes time to sing about other issues we face as Christians.

If you have never visited the Answers in Genesis Creation Museum, it is well worth the time and effort.  Presently for 2015 they are offering a special of buy two admissions get two free, perfect for a family of four.  Believe me, you can spend all day there.  Our first year we actually visited about 7 times.   The museum is located in Hebron KY, just outside of Cincinnati Ohio.

You can find the Creation Museum on Facebook - HERE.
Answers in Genesis on Facebook - HERE.




Now for the giveaway!  This one is for the kids!  I have a book called: Charlie and Trike in the Grand Canyon Adventure by Ken Ham with Karen Hansel and a Charlie and Trike water bottle.  Let's go!
Thanks for stopping in and see you soon!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Mike and Ike Sweet and Hot Tamales



Hey neighbors!

We were able to try the Mike and Ike Passion Mix and the Hot Tamales!  They arrived just in time for February 14th.  Needless to say they disappeared fast!  My 14 and 17 year old daughters decided to try each flavor separately first.  The Passion Mix includes Cherry, Grape Strawberry and Paradise Punch.  They both decided that Cherry and the Paradise Punch were the best.  Their older brother, who has a sweet tooth, didn't care which flavor he ate!  He thought they were all super!




The Hot Tamales were also a big hit as they have a strong cinnamon flavor!   These ones disappeared off my desk and I never saw them again.  Not even the empty box.


Mike and Ike candies have been around for years and were a childhood favorite.  I am enjoying the opportunity to share these with my children.

From Mike and Ike:
MIKE AND IKE® is a Brand of fruit-flavored Candies first introduced in 1940 by the company Just Born Inc.  Popular flavors include: Original Fruits, Berry Blast, Jolly Joes, Zours, Tangy Twister, and Strawberry Reunion and more.

So, if you see Mike and Ike or Hot Tamales in  your local store while shopping, grab a box or two and share them with someone you love!  The neighbor who wins this giveaway will receive a box of Mike and Ike and a box of Hot Tamales!

Thanks for stopping in and be sure to visit again soon!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Snow Storm Amazon $5 GC Giveaway



Hey neighbors!

Well, we headed out yesterday morning for the Creation Museum in Hebron KY.  Little did we know when we left that we were going to run into a snow storm!  We actually drove the last few hours in a snow storm.  We hit snow in Indianapolis and it continued the rest of the trip.  We saw three accidents shortly after leaving the Indianapolis area.



The snow continued to fall, sometimes heavy, occasionally lighter.  The wind did not help any.  We drove reasonably slow the rest of the way.  We did have drivers that whizzed by paying no attention to the road conditions.




As we neared our destination I called the hotel to find out how the weather was there.  The woman working the front desk didn't seem to think we would make it.  She said it was pretty bad.  Needless to say we made it.  As we entered the hotel a Dominos delivery driver was leaving.  Since we had not yet eaten we asked if they were still delivering.  He said yes, but he was aggravated as his last couple of customers had not given him a tip.



After getting settled in our rooms we called Dominos and were told there was a 2-3 hour wait time.  I guess everyone wanted pizza.  After our pizza was delivered about 2 hours later we all settled in for the night.  We awoke to several inches of snow on the ground, but the roads were at least clear.  After making a few stops we decided to just relax today and visit the museum tomorrow.



I am sharing a few pictures from our trip and I am sure we will have more to share tomorrow after we visit the Creation Museum.  So, since we drove through a snowstorm we are going to start a giveaway for a $5 Amazon GC.

So let's get started.  Share with us your worst winter weather story.  Thanks for stopping by and see you soon.