2/19/19

Children's Book: Gritty and Graceful 15 Inspiring Women of the Bible

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International Women's Day and Women's History Month is coming in March and this wonderful children's picture book offers young girls an opportunity to learn about the strong role models in faith that came before them. Gritty and Graceful: 15 Inspiring Women of the Bible is written by Caryn Rivadeneira and illustrated by Sonya Abby Soekarno, for ages 3-7 years.
From the beginning, God looked to girls and women to teach, to lead, to love, to comfort, and to make a difference in His world. From Eve to Mary, the Bible is full of gritty and graceful women who faced tough circumstances with courage, toughness, intelligence, and faith. Gritty and Graceful features 15 women of the Bible in short stories, accompanied by Bible verses, in a way that captivates young girls and show them that they too can make a difference. These women are role models not just in their own time, but their grittiness and gracefulness are also relevant in today's world.
I love this book and the illustrations are simply gorgeous. It's the perfect book to read aloud to a young child, great for new readers, and a wonderful foundational book for a home-school lesson or Sunday school lesson. It is a wonderful way to teach your children how to have both grit and grace. I am so happy to have this book in my family library so I can read Gritty and Graceful to all of my grandchildren!
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2/15/19

Bringing Back the Fanny Pack

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To be honest, I was disappointed when the fanny pack went out of style, so I'm working with Fanny Factory to bring back the pack! These new fanny packs are so much better than the old ones, with dozens of fabulous, fun, retro designs you're sure to love.
I selected the Oopsie Daisy Fashion Fanny Pack and I absolutely love it. The daisy print on black is bold and beautiful, and it's printed on durable, water-resistant polyester fabric. Fanny Factory packs seem to be roomier than my old fanny pack from decades ago. Everything that I usually carry in my handbag to work fits into my new Fanny Factory fanny pack!
Even better, there are several zippered pockets aside of the main pocket! The premium YKK zippers will hold up to thousands of zips and weigh much less than the old metal style. Factory Fanny packs have an adjustable strap that fits a 24"-41" waist.
Inside the fanny pack is a zippered pocket that is perfect for carrying money and credit cards. I like keeping my valuables separate from the rest of my stuff so I don't accidentally pull out a wad of cash and drop it on the ground.
There is also a zippered front pocket that is perfect for carrying my smart phone. I like to have easy access to my smart phone in case I get an important phone call or text message. Fanny Factory packs are perfect for traveling so I can keep my hands free for lugging suitcases and checking in to airports and hotels.
Fanny Factory packs also have a back zippered pocket, the perfect place to carry my passport, quick access lip gloss, and my reading glasses. Fanny packs are great for heading out to amusement parks, county fairs, hiking, biking, and hanging out at the mall. There is even a hidden pocket under the top flap.
Fanny Factory packs also offer a side clip, rather than a back clip, so they are more securely attached to your body for maximum security. I feel more secure traveling when my money is actually attached to me. I've even been using my new Fanny Factory pack to carry goat treats out to the barn. I like to keep it full of treats for my baby goats!
Bring back the fanny pack with me! Fanny Factory packs are available in cute prints like pizza slices, flamingos, pineapples, french fries, ice cream cones, and even camo. You can even get a basic black fanny pack, but why not go for some bold colors in your life? I love my Fanny Factory fanny pack!
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2/14/19

OMEGA 5v Heated Hoodie by Volt

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The OMEGA Heated Hoodie by Volt is awesome! My husband loves it! It's the perfect sweatshirt for daily use. This hoodie can heat your body’s core with the help of their patented Zero Layer Heat System. The Zero Layer Heat System minimizes the amount of bulky layers and also maximizes heat transfer. It keeps you toasty warm so you can enjoy more of life’s outdoor activities.
The OMEGA Heated Hoodie is made with a high strength Poly/Cotton blend. This sweatshirt won’t lose its shape and will stay looking sharp. The external rubber switch on the outside of the right hip pocket allows you to choose between 3 different settings. The switch will glow red for high heat, blue for medium heat, and green for low heat. The heat system heats in 4 zones - upper back, lower middle back, and both pockets (to warm your hands).
The Omega Heated Hoodie comes with a charging cord and a 5 volt 6000 mAh battery that will keep you warm for hours. When you aren’t using the battery to heat the hoodie you can also use the battery to charge a cell phone. You can also use any 5V USB powerbank to run the heat system as long as it has a minimum 2 amp output. The VB560 5v 6000mAh USB powerbank battery and charging cable the provides soothing heat on high for 2+ hours and 5+ hours on the lowest setting.
The OMEGA Hoodie is extremely well constructed, with zippered pockets, a zippered front, elastic wristbands and waistband, and a lined hood. It's super soft and very comfortable to wear. The heating elements add almost no weight to the hoodie, so it is much easier to wear than a heavy winter coat.
It comes with an instruction booklet that details how the power bank and the hoodie's heat system work. It is extremely easy to use and the heating system is wonderful. We live on a Kansas farm and we get very high winds and many days below freezing. The OMEGA Hoodie keeps my husband toasty warm as we go about our farm chores and renovations, allowing him better freedom of movement than a coat.
The power bank is very compact and fits easily into the little pocket inside the hoodie. He doesn't usually get too excited when I give him something new to try out, but he was super impressed with the OMEGA 5v Heated Hoodie by Volt. He is going to get so many years of use from this fabulous product!
The OMEGA Heated Hoodie is a fabulous gift idea! Give one to your husband for his birthday, one to your dad for Father's Day, and one to your son who probably never wears his heavy coat on campus. Your son will probably still wear shorts to class, but he'll be warm in this hoodie!
The OMEGA Hoodie is one of the most unique products we've ever reviewed. We are extremely satisfied with both the look and the function of it. It's definitely a five star product! Check out all the fabulous products available at Volt!
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2/13/19

Connecting with your Grandchildren

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If you are looking for better ways to connect with your grandchildren, Gramma In A Box is a great way to remind them that you are thinking about them. Each month, your grandchildren will receive a box of delicious food crafts with the Gramma In A Box subscription.
Each box contains all the goodies needed to create wonderful sweet treats! The February box includes three projects - Valentine Candy Cane Hearts, Crispy Valentine Bites, and Valentine Cookies. Gramma In A Box even comes with step by step instruction cards to make each project. 
If you live far away from your grandchildren, you can have the box shipped directly to them. They can complete the projects with their parents, and maybe you can even do a video call with them as they work on their treats.
If you live near your grandchildren, you can visit them when their Gramma In A Box arrives, or you can have it shipped to your own home and have them come over to do them with you. It's a wonderful way to create lasting memories!
I've reviewed several of the Gramma In A Box projects over the past couple of months, and I've never been disappointed with the projects or the products. Everything arrives fresh and I love that the cookies are pre-made. It cuts down on preparation time and baking mess!
Gramma In A Box is the perfect way to connect with your grandchildren on a regular basis. Even when your grandkids are grown, they will remember the wonderful treats that came from Gramma. Sign up today for Gramma In A Box!
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2/12/19

Hello Freshies Bamboo Charcoal Air Purifying Bags

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I am so excited to introduce you to Hello Freshies Bamboo Charcoal Air Purifying Bags! These beautifully stitched linen bags are filled with magic! Freshies are filled with 100% premium carbon activated bamboo charcoal that works naturally as an odor remover and air purifier to maintain a breathable and fresh environment in your home by removing bacteria, harmful pollutants, and allergens.
This amazing value pack comes with four 200 gram bags, two 75 gram bags, plus stainless steel S-hooks and a rope for hanging them anywhere. They are great at eliminating odors in closets, drawers, and shoes. Toss a Freshie in your car, gym bag, purse, hamper, smelly shoes, pet areas, bedroom, closet, bathroom, fridge, or anywhere else that needs freshening up. Since I live on a farm, there are plenty of places that benefit from my new Freshies!
Freshies conveniently work in any area up to 90 sq. ft. (for larger spaces, use two or three) and are reusable for up to two years! To rejuvenate, simply place your Freshies in direct sunlight once a month for at least one hour. Freshies are great for pet lovers, too. These chemical free, fragrance free, non toxic, eco-friendly bags help to eliminate and absorb urine and fecal odor. It is an incredibly effective natural air freshener and deodorizer, even in my goat barn!
Freshies also dehumidify to prevent mold, mildew, and excess moisture. We've had tons of rain and snow here in Kansas and I drop Freshies in my work boots whenever I come back indoors. I also have one in my bathroom and one in my laundry room. The carbon activated bamboo charcoal contains millions of micro porous holes that naturally cleans the air by trapping, filtering, and absorbing excess airborne moisture, which reduces mold, mildew, and other pollutants known to trigger allergies. I love my Freshies!
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2/11/19

Farmhouse Wall Decor designed by Me (and Stencil Revolution)

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Farmhouse decor is all the rage right now and since I live in a farmhouse, it's only fitting that I'd fall in love with the farmhouse style. You can find pre-made farmhouse decor all across the internet, but it's just more fun to make your own because then no one else has custom-made home decor like yours, and Stencil Revolution is the place to go for stencils of all kinds!
Stencil Revolution sent me three of their stencils (my choice) and I'm so impressed with the quality! These are not cheapy, flimsy stencils; rather they are high quality, sturdy, reusable, laser-cut, custom-made stencils. You can even choose the size of stencil that you want for your project. These stencils are so easy to work with and I had so much fun creating my own home decor for much less than I'd pay in the stores.
Once I received my stencils, I had to plan out my projects. I didn't want my projects to look like the ones everyone else can buy on the internet or in the store. For my first project, I used a leftover piece of thin plywood underlayment from our bedroom project of faux shiplap. It's 6" x 12" and I first painted it with one thin layer of white interior paint. I used the Farm Fresh Eggs stencil from Stencil Revolution and did a single layer of black with the stencil. When the black paint dried, I distressed the lettering with a sandpaper block, then outlined the letters and images with a smoky blue paint. I love how it turned out!
For my second project, I used a stretched canvas in white. I painted the background using two colors of paint - a caramel color and a cream color - with a wide flat brush, moving from side to side, starting with the darker color, then the lighter color, then a blend of the two colors. I love how it looks like wooden planks. Once the background dried, I used my Rise and Shine Mother Cluckers stencil from Stencil Revolution with just a single layer of black paint to make it look worn, then added a line above and below the stenciled image, with a few touches of small black lines here and there to give it some depth. I just love having art in my home that I designed and made myself. This one will hang on the bedroom wall above my dresser.
For my last project (and probably my favorite), I used a piece of 100-year old reclaimed wood that already had paint on it that was naturally distressed from weather and age. I cut it down so that it would be perfectly square, sanded the edges smooth and used the Our Farmhouse stencil from Stencil Revolution. I love that this stencil comes with the numbers 0-9 so anyone can create it for their own home. I used the year that we bought our Kansas farmhouse. I painted two layers using the black paint so that the design would stand out sharply from the wood. I also connected the cursive lettering and added stems in between the leaves. I am so in love with this piece. I thought about adding something more to the corners of the wood, but I think it's beautifully simple the way it is now so I'm going to leave it like this. Right now it sits on the top shelf of the bookcase in our living room with statues of two little goats.
Stencil Revolution can help you easily design custom art pieces for your home too! Check out their huge line of stencils for all kinds of great projects, including wall stencils, mandala stencils, Christmas stencils, home decor stencils, and much more. I will definitely be ordering some more stencils from Stencil Revolution!

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2/6/19

CleverMade SnapBasket LUXE Collapsible 30L Canvas Tote

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Oh my goodness, I'm so smitten with the new CleverMade SnapBasket LUXE Collapsible 30L Canvas Tote! First off, it's so pretty with its navy blue and white striped pattern. Plus, it features vegan leather edging and straps. It collapses down flat and can be wrapped up tight with the built-in WrapStrap. Friends, this tote holds so much stuff!
The WrapStrap is a thick elastic band that you can flip over to the bottom so it doesn't even show when you're using the bag. It features four feet so you can set the bag anywhere, even on the floor, and the fabric won't get dirty.
To open the SnapBasket LUXE, just lift up on the top edges and on two opposite sides, you'll see (in the picture below) two striped sections that are hiding the "snap" part of the tote. Just press those from the inside towards the outside and this gorgeous tote stands straight up on its own!
Below you can see how it looks after I've snapped the sides into place. You have no idea how happy I am to have a tote bag that won't fall over on me! I use tote bags all the time, for shopping, traveling, and storage in my home and my car. It's the perfect bag for taking packages to the post office, toting gear to class, bringing home groceries, shopping at the craft store, collecting souvenirs on a trip, and so much more!
The SnapBasket LUXE is a 30 Liter bag, which is 8 gallons! It measures 18.5" L x 11.75" W x 11.5" H fully open and collapses down to just 1.3 inches! When I'm not using (which won't be very often), I can collapse it down and slide it under my dresser, my bed, or stand it up on its side to slide it between my desk and the wall. This bag is so big that both my baby goats fit in it!
You can also see that the bag is fully lined, so you have two layers of fabric to make it much more sturdy and more durable. The vegan leather edging help to make it even more sturdy and the leather straps are going to easily hold up to constant use. I love how CleverMade combined the striped fabric with the solid fabric for extra flair too.
There is even a nice zippered compartment for a phone, keys, lip gloss, glasses, and money. This is the perfect tote for hitting yard sales and flea markets too. This summer, it will be perfect for trips to the lake (or the beach, although we don't have those in Kansas). It holds a full picnic lunch for the park too!
I have never had a tote bag that had these many fabulous features and I am absolutely delighted with the SnapBasket LUXE! It is also available in a Heather Gray or a Rose Herringbone style, but my favorite is the Navy Striped. It's only $29.99 and would make a perfect gift for anyone on any occasion! Check out the other CleverMade products too, like the SnapBasket Coolers and CleverCrates.
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