Wednesday, July 4, 2018

GREAT kids healthy snacks box June 2018

GREAT kids healthy snacks box June 2018




There is a new kids snack box out there ya'll!
GREAT Kids healthy snacks box is a monthly box that sends 30 snacks designed for kids who need a variety of tasty yet healthy snacks.



our box arrived quickly after ordering, I did receive this box at a discount in exchange for my honest review.



as you can see this was completely full, and offered a wide variety of healthy goodies for kids (and mommas too) 


mini JIMMYBAR banana muffin flavor
raw rev glo mixed nuts, caramel. & sea salt flavor
shanti mini raw power energy bar longetivity cacao
RBAR peanut butter and jelly energy bar
super pop protein nut butter bar peanut butter and honey flavor


bia bar chocolate cookie flavor
bia bar sweet & salty flavor
coco yummys coconut treats with milk caramel (two of those)


power crunch kids snap stick protein snack in birthday cake
power crunch kids protein snack in peanut butter honey
Zone perfect nutrition bars for kids sugar cookie flavor
Zone perfect nutrition bars for kids yellow cupcake flavor
zone perfect nutrition bars for kids chocolate cookie flavor


brothers all natural freeze dried fruit crisps freeze dried strawberries
goodness inside turbana plantain chips


Abby's cookies shortbread
Abby's cookies chocolate chip
NOW baking company chocolate chip cookie
Remy's grahams cinnamon flavor grahams



Buddha bowl foods Himalayan pink organic popcorn
beanitos baked white bean crunch mac n cheese flavor chips



also included in our ox was Love Grown brand polar puffs cereal in single serve bowl, unfortunately this opened in transport and had spilled into the box. My little guy was looking at it longingly.

GREAT kids healthy snack box sends 30 high quality healthy kid approved snacks straight to your door monthly.


Sunday, July 1, 2018

Starting the Seamless Bible Study with Proverbs 31 online ministries 

Something about doing this particular Bible study here at my parents house in the room that I spent some of my most broken moments struggling to discover the woman I was meant to become.

Possibly the most ambitious study I’ve done so far, understanding the Bible as one complete linear story ... not gonna lie, something I have always struggled with is how it all makes sense as a complete entity.... I can memorize scripture all day long and buy every type of study bible on the market (and I HAVE bought most of them in KJV, NIV, and NLT) in my quest to finally have the mystery unlocked....

So here I am back home for the month several decades older and still trying to figure it all out

It’s now later the same evening, I hear my youngest son breathing beside me and my husband softly snoring on the other side of the bed. I’ve been journaling some about my thoughts on the lessons in seamless so far while we got my little guy to sleep, maybe it’s that I live so far away now or that my parents are retired and I’m older and wiser but when I come home for visits I seem to discover more about myself as I reflect on the past and realize how far I have come and now looking back even during the unspeakable moments I can see Gods plan and how it made me who I am today.
Some of questions we were asked to ask ourselves during the five lessons this week while seeming easy and straight forward at first after spending some time really thinking about it and praying on it I am getting down to some real truths about myself and things I still need to work out with the Lord.


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Owl Post Imagination Book Box June 2018



Owl post imagination book box  is a monthly book subscription for kids. Each month you child will receive three books centered around a theme, as well as a toy that fits the theme, a pack of crayons and a card that explains the theme aThey have an option for kids aged 0-3, 4-7, and 8-12. The subscription is $25 per month. This is a review of the 4-7 year old box.
One of th fun things about this particular box is that it is a coloring page/project as well. The crayons that come are to color the box, and let’s be honest who doesn’t need a fresh pack of crayons on hand at all times to avoid the "my blue crayon broke meltdown" that will inevitably start the moment you try to have a professional phone call. Ladies these crayons may save your sanity, if you don’t need them right away then do yourself a favor and hide them until the moment your kiddo has their next crayon emergency.





 Where do pants go? By Rebecca Van Slyke Hardcover  ($6.62 on Amazon)



Dream Away By Julia Durango Hardcover ($16.99 amazon prime)



Penguin on Vacation by Salina Yoon boardbook  ($6.62 Amazon) 


The themed toy in this Imagination box was a wooden car. We had some paint left from a Melissa & Doug project we did last week, so my son will paint this car as a rainy day project. We are actually going on a long car trip this summer so the car (after it is painted) ,the crayons and the box everything came in will become part of his car activities.



This was our first Owl Post Imagination Box and Tuffy was very happy with the books. He is a pretty solid reader (he is going to be a first grader next year) and he was able to read these books himself, although he preferred me to read them at bedtime because it’s always better to have momma read to you. I asked if this was a subscription he would like to continue (he has received a lot of different boxes over the years, so he knows what he does and doesn’t like) He said he would like to continue this one, for me the price is right $25 a month and I used a discount code to drop that down to $15 for the first box. I don’t mind spending money for books, he has quite the library and I am more than happy to keep adding to it and book subscriptions are the perfect way to do that since you get a variety of books, themes, authors, and skill levels.Owl post Imagination Box has a flash sale right now for the Fourth of July for 20% off. 

Friday, June 22, 2018

Custom RTIC tumbler 

Terri @ Blue Deagonfly Designs made this beautiful custom cup for me. 

I’m full steam ahead with relaunching the blog, and isn’t this just a stunning bit of motivation to remind me what I’m supposed to be doing. 

I will have a new review up by tonight (for a kids box) 

I’m working with someone to give dragon slayer a bit of a facelift soon as well so stay tuned for some exciting new features.






Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Politics, religion and social media. Is it acceptable?

Not my usual type of post, far from it really. I just posted this on my personal Facebook page and decided to copy it and slap it up,here on the blog that I have neglected for so long (life gets in the way  sometimes)

Anyway .... Just my thoughts on the current social media hate fest that has become accepted as normal and accepted ways to "discuss" politics .... Yep, I went there ..... So unlike me to do so, but ....well my fingers took over as you will see....


I know this is long, but bare with me here. I have kept pretty silent the last year with all the political,stuff (I have posted about equal rights for ALL Americans and I will not now nor will I ever apologize for that. Many have given their lives so we can have those rights)

I understand everyone has their own point of view and beliefs .... Hey, that is fine ... In fact ... It is absolutely your RIGHT as an American !

But that same right extends to those who believe differently than you do.... That is also THEIR right!

This has become more than just democrat vs republican, more than Trump vs Hillary, more than conservative vs liberal, even more than Trump vs democrats AND republicans as it seems at the moment ......it is more than any one candidate vs anything or anyone.

How can we possibly be UNITED in ANYTHING when so many people are posting hate, insults, threats, being bullies, just Sharing posts and memes without actually doing some research for yourself....because BOTH SIDES are doing this back and forth and have been for months and months now.

We don't need to worry about which enemy will take us out because we are poised to tear ourselves apart, we will destroy this country ourselves if we don't snap out if it.

A house divided against it's self cannot stand (some of you will consider this a biblical quote, some a political quote, and some will take it back to states rights and civil war) the fact is that it is absolutely 100% truth...when we are united we are unbeatable.... So please just STOP!!!

no side is 100% right , because there is always three sides to every argument and the truth lies there in the middle..... By posting the hateful, name calling, lies and accusations against each other as citizens we are only harming OUR country as a whole...

I am NOT a snowflake, nor am I a deplorable....

So,what am I then?

Well......

I am a white conservative Christian cis gender straight female in my 40s, BUT this gun carrying,home schooling southern woman, who also believes in equality for ALL American citizens. I support LGBTQ rights, and I am pro choice because I have had patients who were raped and became pregnant, one as young as thirteen years old... I know why sometimes it is not black and white there are some grey areas .....

now the flip side of that is I PERSONALLY chose life.... At 17 I went against my family's wishes when I became pregnant ...... They wanted me to have an abortion..... At 17, scared to death, petrified my parents would disown me I personally chose life because I knew what could happen if I have sex, and I made that decision myself and that made my child MY responsibility..... Mine alone, I never got child support, he never wanted to see her, his parents didn't want to see her .... She is now almost 26 yrs old and not a moment has passed in all those years that I regretted my decision...... She is literally my first love, and there is a bond there no one can understand ....she is an amazing young woman who knows her own mind and knows above all else "Do unto others" politically she and I are usually opposition ends of the spectrum, and that is OK. My rule was research it yourself and show me that research be informed don't believe something because "it's cool" or "everyone else does" or this video,or this news story said..... Don't assume any of it is is absolute truth ..... If you are going to advocate for something you damn well better do some serious in depth research.

Before you start talking about teen moms and welfare ..... Nope .... Didn't happen.....heck, my daddy WOULD have disowned me at that point..... I worked my butt off (sometimes three jobs), put myself through school, and made a career for myself and a pretty middle class life for my kids..... And NO, my family didn't disown me in fact they have thanked God many times over that I was stubborn, hard headed and stood up for what I personally believed was right for myself and my unborn child .....But that does NOT give me the right to make that decision for someone else.....

Because if one of my kids had gotten pregnant from rape you bet your bible I would have driven her to the abortion clinic or if she had a medical condition where it was her life or the baby as a mom I would protect MY CHILD if that IS what they wanted ..... It is so much more complex than yes or no.....but most people do not work in a situation that you can so easily see both sides...... And, thank God many of you do not know what it is to have a CHILD of your own raped at a young age but old enough to get pregnant.... Because I promise you anything you ever said "I would never do that" goes out the window the instant you find out some one did that to your baby .... so no....the government should not make that decision for them because rape is rape.

I find most people fall in the middle between republican and democrat (it isn't as easy as conservative and liberal)

Point being

I know many personally who are posting all about the snow flakes but they themselves are on disability, food stamps, and Medicaid (seems like that falls into snowflake territory to me) but they also support the second amendment and keeping American jobs in America (those would be deplorables, right ? ) so see they average American isn't one or the other  although they might think they are and Lord knows they are posting all over social medial like they are.

No matter WHAT happens the next four years, chances are you will still be here after this administration is gone and the new regimen comes in ..... Whatever and whomever it may be.

Maybe we could learn from our current deep rooted division here at home that has become personal not just political or religious....and vote for the good of all Americans to unite our country again, because right now, we don't need to worry about Russia, Saudi Arabia or any of the other threats to our nation until we get our own house in order.

We find ourselves in the middle of this mess that we have started here AT HOME, our enemies can sit back and watch us destroy ourselves......we will do it for them.

It will take time to heal and work out our differences, but let's at least stop the hate posting all day every day ....

If for no other reason how about other countries are watching us and laughing at our "freedom, liberty, and "we the people" constitutional beliefs that we hold so dear but are ready to pick and choose what we keep and what we ignore (the right to bare arms, equal rights, the right to practice our religion (not just one religion, but religious freedom.....the whole thing our country was founded on) and the right and obligation to question our government ...checks and balances are there for a reason) I think we can all agree that right now agreeing with SOME of those rights has become a us against them mentality.... If you agree with guns, then you have to also exclude some of the population for equal rights or if you agree with freedom of religion you must automatically want a welfare state and are such a delicate flower that you need a safety room......
all because they believe that someone has  the right to live  their own life as long as they do not harm others .....

EQUAL rights means all of us and not just some of the rights....our constitution grants ALL of them so basically this back and forth stuff this last year is about people only wanting PART of the constitution.... It does not work that way....

Everything that we built this country on is what we are now fighting over .... Why because we are not being open minded and seeing that everyone really is protecting the same rights.....because they are a package deal.

I am over this drama filled hate fest already, people need to grow up, and stop resorting to name calling, threats, insults and online bulling that quite frankly is something I expect from middle school girls.....

I am ashamed that our TRUE enemies (whoever they may be) have been given a blueprint on how to tear us apart and our allies are watching this with horror because we have just become that drama junkie friend who can't act like a responsible adult, with adult conversations instead of instigating rumors and division within a group of friends all because they let their own insecurities control their emotions and their emotions control them instead of logic... You know we have ALL had that friend (or we have BEEN that friend, I know I have been that person before I grew up emotionally)

So stop all the middle school drama, cowboy up and let's deal with this by using our problem solving skills not the share button...
....and please people RESEARCH for yourself ..... I promise CNN and Fox both want ratings ..... And as usual in any argument the truth lies somewhere in the middle....

Any one article, one post, one news source isn't the gospel (the gospel is in a book that perhaps needs more reading and less thumping..... I get quite the kick of reading about bringing God back to America from people who I KNOW FOR A FACT are not born again and /or not a practicing Catholic ( depending on which side of Christianity doctrine you fall into) they do NOT attend church of any kind and might pick up the Bible once every few years but they do DISPLAY that brand new super deluxe Bible so everyone knows they are Christians .....news flash folks, READ IT...ALL OF IT..... Don't preach Christianity if you are NOT living it....you want God back in the country start in your own life, your own home.

Quit focusing on making others look stupid, trying to humiliate and make fun of them ... Instead how about acknowledging what the common goal is .... The middle ground ..... The healing of this nation has to start somewhere , be the bigger person and be part of the solution instead of adding to the tearing apart of this nation.

I don't think I have ever posted such a long post OR publicly discussed politics for that matter with someone other than a family member or close friend (and I assure you we all have pretty different views so it isn't discussing with like minded people but I just try to not to impose my beliefs on others as I believe we all a right to our own opinion key word being ALL )

I'm pretty sure I will lose some friends over this (who knows some family members may delete me as well.....I have a pretty large family so I guess  if some decide to delete me so be it) I may decide to delete those who keep posting hate and meanness just because....we can post about this massive current events storm without making it heartbreakingly personal, I can't keep looking at how we are posting hate and insults at people we love who have been there through thick and thin simply because they may not agree with you 100% or didn't vote for the same candidate as you did for whatever reason.




Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Happy to be blogging again


I know y'all probably thought I had dropped off the face of the earth (I guess I kinda did) Things got a little crazy during and after our move to the Nashville area, once things settled down again we had found a house in the country in a neighboring county and moved again (we were in an apartment originally when we first moved here, waiting on our home in TX to sale before finding a house here) Two moves in less than 9 months was rough (we left a LOT of things behind in Texas as well, so unpacking and setting up house once we were in our new house was comical.... Still trying to find certain things and replace things we left behind)

We are FINALLY at a point that hubby says I can get back to my blog, we are not 100% settled yet, but as we put away summer items and pull out fall/winter items we should finally have full stock of what's here in TN, what we need to purchase and what we can throw out. Hopefully the office will be emptied of boxes soon, giving me the full office space I need to set up my lighting equipment (that is still in originally packing from 18 months ago that I have never used), get me a new desk (mine was a victim of not enough room in the temporary apartment so we gave it away), and finally get Dragon Slayer....Mommy!!!! Back in business.

I have missed y'all, missed writing, missed the reviews, missed having my own little piece of the Internet.

I have of course been getting plenty of subscription boxes even though I was not reviewing them (I am a sub box addict after all) I have narrowed my list down some, and added a few new obsessions (wax anyone?)

I am considering a new format with "themed days" for non review posts and then just posting reviews as they come up. I want to get back to writing for chronically ill mommies, with was my original blog format before the reviews started. I plan to keep the "spoonie" posts to perhaps one day a week, do recipes one day a week again, and I have a few more ideas as well.

So reviews that I am working on now include: October Darby Smart, October Little Lace Box, October Bluum Box, and October Volupties.

I have a few mouth watering recipes I need to photograph the step by step for in the next couple weeks, I promise they will be worth the wait.

A Christmas guide is in the works (it will be smaller, but awesome)

If your reading this, thanks for sticking around while I took a hiatus to move our family and get settled in our new home, community, and become comfortable with our new lives so far from home.

(((HUGS)))




Tuesday, August 19, 2014

boxes, boxes and NASCAR

I am on a photography roll right now... not the best pics ever  (using my old camera since I already packed the big camera for Bristol trip)  Trying to get  5 or 6 boxes shot so I can work on reviews while I am gone this trip...I know I can make them look better once I edit some,I Love my new camera but it can be a bit of a pain to pack and unpack

...especially if I take the tripod, and the lighting box and such with me like I am for this trip...obviously I can't put the race in light box but you would be surprised what I can do with light box at the track

we have 3 days in Knoxville (for Dave's business)  then a day at Bristol (umm...yes, I am still a NASCAR NUT) Dr says I can't be in the crowds...NEVER said I could not sit in a luxury sky box (thank you to my most awesome and wonderful hubby for securing the seats so momma can smell some burning rubber and gasoline)

So see... I can totally write a blog on beauty items during a NASCAR trip...anyone who has EVER seen me the week leading up to a race there is a reason I took off 5 days for every race.... I get too excited to think straight... hoping that if I have the photos, my notes on scents, smells, fits (doing some clothing too) , and even taste (a food box) with me as well as the info cards I can write reviews to keep me focused.


Plus I have a bunch of Amazon reviews I need to do for Tomoson... actually I am scared of how behind I am with those... I need to work a LOT this trip (and yes it is easier for me to write on trips because Dave is around more closely with Tuff so I am not having to write at 4 am)

so far looks like May and June Five Four Club,  a Love , Play, Nurture Box, July Wantable intimates, July Wantable Accessories, (don't think I got the makeup one last month), August BB, August Ipsy, August LWF, 2 Meme super boxes, hopefully August Citrus Lane and August Wantable Intimates will arrive before we leave

I also need to do a Thredup review... a big one because I have done some MAJOR winter clothing shopping!!!

Geeze...plus we have all the recipes to catch up on and to talk about canning too.... and some sewing projects...