Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Guest Post: Keri Snyder

Wow...MONTHS have gone by. So very much has happened and while I'm not quite ready to share yet, I do plan on relaunching this blog this fall...lots of great ideas and I will have quite a bit more time to actually write and get things organized...more on that in a few weeks.

Today, I'd like to welcome one of my good blogging friends, Keri Snyder, who is launching her book today!  Keri has been the catalyst for our little blog group and been a huge support to me these past 2 years.  Go buy her book...you will love it!

Now, please welcome Miss Keri....

Learning to overcome comparison with these tipsComparison is an ugly weed that often takes root in us. Many times we do not even realize it until it starts to crowd out everything that is good. We compare over what our kids are doing, our marriages, our houses- basically everything. We have to be intentional about overcoming comparison and keeping it from taking root in us. While there are many ways that we can fight comparison, I like to think of it focused around three things.

(1) Be confident in who you are and what your gifts are. The amazing thing is that we are all created uniquely and each of us have different gifts. Look around you and you will see how different everyone is. Now look at yourself. What are you gifted in? What has God placed specifically on your heart? Instead of trying to be someone else and do what everyone else is doing, be you.

(2) Stop comparison immediately. The more aware we are of comparison, the easier it is to stop it. We have to choose to let go of thoughts that will lead down the ugly road to comparison and bitterness. Sometimes this may mean spending less time on social media. Sometimes this may mean writing out Bible verses to encourage you. The point is that you stop it right away.

(3) Cheer others on. Instead of going down the road to comparison, choose to cheer others on. When you see the someone doing something different than you, give them a compliment. Instead of looking at differences as threats, we can choose to look at them as gifts. We can do this- we can overcome comparison and start to thrive as women- as moms. Have the roots of comparison grown deep within you, pull them out. It is a process, but trust me once you pull them out, you will feel so much better. 

I just LOVE that third tip...nothing makes me happier than seeing others succeed...of course not everyone feels that way...sometimes it's anger, or jealously, or envy. But cheering others on sends out loads of good karma and in turn, I always find it comes back tenfold!

Keri just relaunched her book, Why Just Survive When You Can Thrive. This book is full of tips for moms to start thriving. It is a quick read that will give you the tools you need get out of survival mode. Find out more here.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

My Glam VoxBox Review: #choosetosmooth #NYMcleanfreak #socutex

Friends!  It's been a while!  Life is well, life!

Anyhow, I got my latest Influenster VoxBox a couple of weeks ago and I wanted to share  a few of the products that I received!  In case you're not familiar with Influenster, you are sent boxes of free product to try out.  While I do receive these products for free when I provide feedback, all opinions of these products are my own!

These three products stood out for me in this box.

The first is the Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Unscented Dry Shampoo.  I have been testing various dry shampoos from Target...I've not gone salon quality yet because quite frankly I'm too cheap.  I've had other NYM products that I love so I was happy to get this one in the latest box!

My hair is the type of hair that needs to be washed every day...this of course gets tiresome and I'd love to be able to go a couple of days without have having to blow dry it!

I tested this out this week and so far it's living up to my expectations!  It took care of the oil and added some volume! I love that it's unscented!  My only issue with it was that I had to make sure I shook the powder through fairly quickly after spraying it in...there was one morning where I waited a little too long, and I ended up with a gray streak that I couldn't get rid of easily. No biggie...lesson learned!

Ironically, I was just about to go out and buy some of these travel sized nail polish remover wipes because I'm heading out of town in a couple of weeks and I will be gone long enough that I will want to redo my nails while I'm there.

These Cutex pads were perfect and I was in fact able to get all 10 nails clean with one wipe!  I'm not terribly fussy when it comes to my nails, but I want something effective and easy to travel with...these fit the bill!

Now this final product set was the one that I likely wouldn't buy again...and honestly, it's because I'm cheap.  The Gillette Venus Razor was nice and it did a great job, but the rollerball part to me is completely unnecessary and just an extra gimmick for them to charge more for the razor.  I got great results, but that was thanks to the blade, not thanks to the very slight swivel the middle of the razor provided.  The shave gel smelled nice but I prefer the shave gel for sensitive skin.  Again, this will be a great product to travel with, but I probably won't personally purchase it.

So there you have it....I definitely recommend the Not Your Mother's Dry Shampoo and Cutex Nail polish pads...but as for the Venus products? Save your money and go with a less gimmicky alternative unless you can find these for a steal!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Dragon Masters Series: Giveaway

Happy December to you!  I'm gearing up for a busy couple of weeks at work with Christmas concerts and holiday parties.  I know many of you are jumping into the month with both feet as well!

Our family has always maintained a pretty low key gift giving strategy.  We have always kept in mind "Something you WANT, something you NEED, something to WEAR, something to READ" as our gift giving philosophy.  Our kids receive SO. MANY. GIFTS. from so many other people that we really don't feel the need to simply just buy them "stuff".

My favorite gift out of the four they will receive from us is their "READ" gift.  I love finding the perfect book for each kiddo.  These have become some of our most treasured books.  My soon to be 8 year old boy is starting to get tricky to shop for in this area.  His interests in books is changing now that he can read fluently on his own and while his reading level is much higher than his age, I've found it hard to find books that are age appropriate that aren't poorly written or that don't bore him to tears.  The combo of those two things turns reading into a battle for all of us and that is the last thing I want reading to be.

This summer, I found this new series called "Dragon Masters".  He has plowed through all 4 four books and is LOVING them.  He loved them so much that I wrote the author, Tracey West, a thank you note for writing such a great set of books for boys!  I was delighted when she replied letting me know books 5 and 6 are on their way next year...Andrew is anxious to get his hands on those.  Until then, he'll just have to re-read these first 4 :-)

Tracey graciously offered up a signed copy of the first book for me to give away!  If you've got a 2nd grade boy, this book will surely be a hit with him!

If you'd like to enter the giveaway, go ahead and show Tracey some love on her Facebook page and enter the giveaway below!  Winner will be announced here on Monday December 7th and shipped on Dec. 8th so you can get this book under your tree!

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