Inspirational Gifts to Strengthen Your Faith

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Being a Christian is never easy, and in all truth, it's becoming increasingly difficult.  Not as difficult as Bible times for sure, but with modern technology and worldly skepticism, it sometimes is hard to have faith.  I am sure a large percentage of Christians do face a battle with their lack of faith sometimes.  With so many people trying to disprove the Bible and spreading the "do what you want because you only live once" message, it is hard.  Lots of modern day Christians and people from the Bible have struggled with their faith.  Even close friends of Jesus had trouble believing!  My personal advice is to not shove those feelings of doubt down, but to surround yourself with knowledgeable people to talk to, read the Bible, and explore positive works from faithful Christians.  It does me a world of good to change the radio to a Christian station and pray.  The Bible tells us to pray all of the time.  With so many distractions, I think inspirational gifts and artwork in the home also help keep your mind focused on what's really important.

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I love little reminders and Bible verse art, like this one below from Mission to Save.  It's a free printable, too, so it's easy to print and frame.

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Whether you have a wall of crosses or a few displayed throughout the house, they are great reminders of Jesus' sacrifice for us.  This Cross Framed on Burlap from Dukes & Duchesses is classy and would make a beautiful gift:

Inspirational GiftsJoshua 24:15 is a very popular Bible verse for families.  This DIY personalized house picture from Mission to Save is great, because it is made on vellum which is then laid over a picture of a house.  So sentimental and teaches children from a very young age how important faith and Christianity is to their parents.

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I am a sucker for Christmas themed decorations, year-round.  This could be an ornament, wall hanging, or it could sit on a shelf as a daily reminder of the birth of Jesus.  Find out how to make it at Equipping Godly Women.

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These wire and bead cross pendants are beautiful and unique.  See the instructions at Dukes & Duchesses!

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I think it's also important to get your hands on books, CDs, and DVDs from people who have done their research, devoted their lives to God, and have a strong Christian faith.  A new DVD that has just come out is Patterns of Evidence: Exodus.  Many of the world's most prominent archeologists and historians have said that there is no hard evidence to support the Exodus story found in the Bible.  This skepticism can be contagious and easy to follow and many people, including Christians, have labeled the whole book as "fiction."  Fimmaker Timothy Mahoney begins with the question "Is the Bible just a myth, or did the archeologists get it wrong?"  He has documented his journey across the globe, looking for answers.  This DVD contains in-depth archeological investigation into the Exodus from Egypt.  The goal of this documentary is to communicate TRUTH of the Bible and help believers to strengthen their faith.

Kevin Sorbo narrates the documentary, which also includes interviews with leading archeologists including Israel Finkelstein, Kent Weeks, and David Rohl, and guest appearances by Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu and Shimon Peres. This DVD researches the stories of Moses, Joshua, Jericho, Joseph, the Israelites, Egyptian kings, and more.  Timothy Mahoney has really examined his own faith and religion in this film, and we can all benefit from his journeys!

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There is nothing more refreshing to me than new music.  TobyMac has been around the Christian music scene for years, and his music continues to appeal to all ages and have an uplifting message.  "This Is Not A Test" comes out on August 7th and does not disappoint.  The Captain's favorite song is "Beyond Me" and is a great song about having faith!

You gave me the stars put them out of my reach

Called me to waters a little too deep

Oh, I've never been so aware of my need

You keep on making me see

It's way beyond me

Anything that I got the strength to do

In over my head keeps me countin' on You

I'm leaving the sweet spot, sure shot

Tradin' it all for the plans You got

Is it so crazy to believe

TobyMac's songs get you thinking, dancing, and praising God and that's just what we need!  This CD is a great start to your day or a pick-me-up anytime.  There are so many different thoughts and sounds enveloped in TobyMac's latest release, and it would be a fantastic inspirational gift!

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I love how no two songs sound alike.  "Fall," "Like A Match," Undeniable," and more songs are all well written, well thought out, and performed by TobyMac and the musicians so, so well.  The boys and I really enjoyed listening to this album on our road trip yesterday.  We are all big TobyMac fans and I think you will be, too.  Learn more about TobyMac and preview his newest release on his website.

Pre-order this album on iTunes and receive four songs instantly and also, make sure enter to win the #FEELIT Sweepstakes!

Propeller/FlyByPromotions is giving you the chance to win!  One winner will win the new "Patterns of Evidence: Exodus" DVD and another will win the new CD from TobyMac: "This Is Not A Test."  Just enter in the corresponding Rafflecopter below!

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Stream Christian Movies And Shows Instantly with gMovies – FREE 2 Week Trial {giveaway, too!}

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gmoviesAs the boys get older, we are becoming more and more aware that what they see on TV can greatly impact them.  Their attitudes and behavior can change just from watching one commercial!  We try to stick with kids' channels, but even those are iffy sometimes.  We  have tried other instant streaming services, and the Captain quickly learned how to navigate and select which show he wanted.  But even with the parental controls in place, I wasn't happy with the selections.  

A few weeks ago, we were given the opportunity to try out gMovies.  I hadn't heard of this service yet but I am glad that we found it!  gMovies is full of faith and family content that we all can enjoy, for only $4.99 a month.  gMovies is powered by the UP network, which is America's network for uplifting entertainment.

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With gMovies, you can select the genre of TV show or movie you'd like to watch, read some information about it, and instantly watch it.  We quickly found "Pahappahooey Island" in the kids' section!

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Also on gMovies is the teen drama "Much Ado About Middle School" and countless movies and TV shows that all ages would like!  

Over 2 million people are already enjoying gMovies.  Join them to get instant access to over 300 Christian movies and TV shows with new titles added monthly.  Stream from your iPad, Android, or PC.  And there is no contract – just cancel anytime!

If you'd like to check out a 2 week trial of gMovies for FREE, enter code "FREETRIAL13" at the gMovies website.

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Want to win 6 months of gMovies?  All you have to do is enter in the Rafflecopter form below!  Good luck!  US/CAN only, please.

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Fill Those Easter Eggs With A Better Easter Candy {free Easter word search printable and giveaway}

This Easter candy post has been brought to you by YumEarth.  All opinions are mine.

Easter CandyEveryone knows that my first choice for candy for the boys is YumEarth.  We've used it for all of the major holidays, in the homeschool treasure box, and even in last year's Easter eggs.  The boys all have a sweet tooth and while moderation is important, I think it is okay to let them splurge and be kids once in awhile.  I just prefer to give them the best candy, with best possible ingredients.

Here is a chart to help you differentiate between the different types of YumEarth candy:

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The boys are always excited to see a bag of YumEarth candy because they know it will be delicious!  I think the older boys love Sour Beans the best and Baby Brother really enjoys YumEarth fruit snacks.  They will definitely be in this year's Easter eggs.  Grab some today from Walgreens or Amazon.  Check out the YumEarth website for more information.

Make sure to enter to win some YumEarth candy in the Rafflecopter form at the bottom of this post, but first, check out this adorable Easter word search…perfect for family get togethers, Easter morning, or a homeschool activity.  Just click on it to open up a printable PDF.Easterwordsearch

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New Series on Netflix – “VeggieTales in the House” {giveaway, too!}

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The Captain is really getting into Veggie Tales lately!  It's a fun, safe, and I feel good about him watching it.  Well, a NEW series – "Veggie Tales In The House" is a Netflix original, and it is delightful and fun, as well!  The veggies have a new look and all new adventures.  Veggie Tales in the House weaves morals into good old family fun.  The Captain really enjoys the privilege of watching this new series on Netflix on the iPad.

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The all new series remains true to the values-driven storytelling that has made VeggieTales such a beloved part of childhood.  The episodes are 22 minutes long and only available for Netflix members in the US, Canada, Latin America, UK, Ireland, the Nordics, Benelux, and France to watch instantly.  In each of the episodes, two separate 11 minute stories impart important life lessons designed to captivate audiences of all ages.  Every episode has brand new songs and the closing phrase that has been with VeggieTales since the beginning:  "God made you special, and He loves you very much."

And if you're worried, Netflix has great parental controls.  Set it to where kids can only watch shows tailored to them, so no bad content reaches their little eyes.  We have ours set for only G rated shows and movies to be able to be accessed, and of course "VeggieTales in the House" is just that.  Perfect for the whole family.  Visit the official website to learn more.

To go along with the brand new Netflix series, check out the Veggie Tales Holiday Hotline.  It's a fun way to get holiday recipes, silly songs, vegetable jokes, Bible verse of the day, and more!  And…it's free!

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I am excited to give one reader their own 3 month subscription to Netflix.  Just enter in the Rafflecopter form below.  Giveaway ends 12/15/14 and is open to US/CAN only.  Good luck!

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Engage Your Children With Noah – a Wordless Picture Book

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.  Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

noahIf there is one thing that never gets old, it's reading books.  We love to sit down with a good book and read it together.  The Captain is a good reader and he loves to read, too.  I never knew how refreshing it would be to open and explore a wordless picture book, though!  We were sent "Noah" by Mark Ludy to review and the pictures truly do speak for themselves.  Looking at the detail that the illustrator put into these pictures is just amazing.

Noah bookThe boys are already familiar with the story of Noah, but even if a child isn't, they will be intrigued and engaged with these beautiful pictures.  Children can use their imaginations and what they know about the story of Noah already to tell a full story with this book.  It has also inspired us to open the Bible and reread the story of Noah to see the inspiration Mark Ludy used when drawing.  (Read more about Mark Ludy.)

The following picture is my favorite in the book.  Noah is looking up at God with a look of awe, fear, and undoubtedly has many questions running through his mind.  But he trusted God.  Noah knew that God was in control and he wanted to do whatever was asked of him.  What a wonderful lesson for this kids.  Trust in Him and you will be richly blessed!

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I highly recommend this beautiful hardcover picture book for you or a someone you know.  I guarantee you will find yourself getting lost in the book – all 64 pages, thinking of what it must have been like for Noah so long ago!  (Bonus:  Find Squeakers the mouse on every page!)  Purchase NOAH on Amazon for less than $15.  It would make an awesome Christmas gift!

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Enter to win "Noah" in the giveaway below!

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Mark Your Calendar And Join Us For The #JesusCalling Twitter Party

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#JesusCalling Twitter Party

It's time for a fun Twitter Party!  Join me (@CptFussybuckets) and @FamilyChristian as we talk about the best selling book "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young.

When: November 14th 1-2 pm EST

Prizes: 5 participants will win the deluxe edition of Jesus Calling and a $50 appreciation certificate.  5 other readers will win a $50 appreciation certificate.

How: You must follow the host @FamilyChristian

Optional: Follow these amazing co-hosts

@mudpiesandtiara

@Ellenblogs

@ahhmazingrvws

@aliciamarie112

@SimplySherryl

@CptFussybuckets

@annesramblings

@MimiBakerMN

@PeaOfSweetness

@spreadingJOY

More about "Jesus Calling" from the Family Christian Website:

In this special 10th-anniversary edition, Sarah Young shares her own prayer journal with you–including over 100 additional scriptures personally selected by the author. This beautiful keepsake edition, celebrating 10 years of Jesus Calling touching lives all over the world, also includes a beautiful redesign of high-quality bonded leather cover.

Sarah's writings are personal reflections based on Jesus' own words of hope, guidance, and peace within Scripture. As you experience the devotions and the fresh look at Scripture, you will look forward to your time with Him.

Have you read this bestselling book?  What are your thoughts?  Will you join us for the #JesusCalling Twitter party?  Hope to see you there!

Win Two Tickets to the 2014 Bacon Bowl in Bentonville, Arkansas {giveaway closed}

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The second annual Bacon Bowl is coming to Bentonville, Arkansas on Saturday, September 13, from 9:00am until 12:00pm.  Teams consisting of chefs and amateur cooks will compete in Entrée and Dessert Divisions and test their culinary skills by creating innovative bacon creations featuring Arkansas’s own Petit Jean Meats bacon. Teams can choose to enter Entrée or Dessert divisions, or both, with Petit Jean Meats generously donating their mouthwatering bacon to all who compete.

Bacon Bowl attendees of all ages will vote for their favorite dishes in both divisions as well as the overall People’s Champion. And Local and nationally-known bacon enthusiasts, food writers and bloggers will determine who will represent the Bacon Bowl in the Bacon Division at the 2014 World Food Championships in Las Vegas where they’ll have the opportunity to win up to $60,000.

“Teams are traveling from throughout Arkansas and the region to compete in the Bacon Bowl with the goal of winning the grand prize trip to compete in the 2014 World Food Championships in Las Vegas. And we couldn’t be more excited to be part of the thriving culinary scene in Bentonville,” said event coordinator John McClure. “In addition to the Bacon Bowl, the nationally recognized Bentonville Farmers Market and world famous World Championship Squirrel Cook-off will be going on in downtown Bentonville too. We’re all working together to create a Saturday morning that people won’t soon forget.” 

Teams or individuals interested in competing should visit BaconBowl.net. Team registration is open until Friday, September 5. Space is limited.  There will be live music, Petit Jean Meats sampling, other foods and beverages, and much more. Tickets are $10 at the gate and advance tickets are $8 and can be purchased at the Bentonville Convention & Visitors Bureau. Please visit BaconBowl.net and the Bacon Bowl Facebook page for more details. 

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Petit Jean Meats is giving one lucky reader two free tickets to the Bacon Bowl!  Just leave a comment and let me know that you'd like to enter to win!  Winner will be chosen using random.org on August 29.  Giveaway closes at 11:59 on August 28.

>>>Bonus entry:  retweet this tweet!  Then leave a comment with your Twitter name, saying you retweeted!

Costco $50 Cash Card Giveaway + Get Huggies PLUS Diapers and Wipes Exclusively at Costco

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Huggies® Brand. I received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for participating.  I am happy to be participating in the Huggies Costco Ambassador program.

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned how Costco is now offering an exclusive – Huggies Plus diapers and Natural Care Plus wipes.  So, while you're shopping at your local Costco, you can stock up on diapers and wipes that are high quality and in bulk, so you will be set for awhile!

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Costco Members – Click HERE to register for a FREE sample of the Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus and Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes. Hurry and register now, there will be a limited number of samples each day while supplies lasts, so try back tomorrow if you aren't able get a sample today! You must be Costco member to get a sample.  Limit 1 sample per household. 

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We are giving away a $50 Costco cash card!  Leave a comment for each entry.  Nothing is mandatory, just pick and choose what you would like to do.

  1. Leave a comment telling me what you love to purchase at Costco.
  2. Leave a meaningful comment on my Huggies post, then come back and say "I'm commented on the Huggies post!" in the comments below!
  3. Follow me on Facebook.
  4. Retweet this tweet and leave me your Twitter name in the comments below.
  5. Follow @Huggies on Twitter.

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Contest entrants are only eligible to win once per sweepstake, per household as part of a campaign sponsored by Mom Central Consulting.  This contest is in no way affiliated with Facebook.  Winner will be chosen after 11:59 PM EST on 8/18/14 with random.org.

Visit with a Doctor – Day or Night – Without Leaving Your Home with the Doctor On Demand App {Target Giveaway, too!}

This post was brought to you by Doctor On Demand.  All thoughts and opinions are mine.

Doctor on Demand logoBaby Brother is our third child, but yet, we still find oursevles questioning whether or not we need to take him to the doctor when he is sick.  I remember as first time parents with the Captain, everything was a huge question mark.  Fever?  What did the doctor say about how high is too high and for what age?  How many poops is he supposed to have in one day?  What is this rash?  Is this normal?  On and on and on and on…..we were a bit over concerned, first time parents, I'm sure, but there were times when we should have taken him in to see the doctor, too.  Had we taken him or D in every time we thought we might need to, we would be swimming in medical bills.  How cool would it have been to have a doctor to call, day or night, when we had a question or needed some medical advice?

Well…finally this exists!  Doctor On Demand is an app available on iTunes and Google Play that connects you to a US licensed, board certified physician ANY TIME, day or night.  No need to wait until the doctor's office opens, then wait on hold for an appointment, and then drag your sick kid(s) to a germy waiting room when you don't need to.  Doctor On Demand is only $40 (the cost of many copays and much cheaper than what we pay for a sick visit!)  All doctors have years of experience, are highly educated, and background checked.  You get to video or voice chat for up to 15 minutes.  

When should you call Doctor On Demand?  Use DOD for:

  • a cold, cough, flu, or allergies
  • rashes
  • pink eye
  • asthma
  • bladder infections
  • pediatric questions
  • most cases that are not life threatening
  • prescription refills
  • referral to a specialist

When you should NOT use Doctor On Demand:

  • ANY problem that IS life threatening
  • chest pain/pressure
  • seizures
  • serious head, neck, or back injury
  • broken bones

 

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We were given the opportunity to try Doctor On Demand and I'm glad we did.  Baby Brother has had eczema for a long time, but the other night, his flare up was BAD.  His face was bright red, he had raised spots on his arm, and it was almost bedtime.  I entered his symptoms and was quickly connected with a doctor.  (I am not sharing his name for privacy reasons.)  

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I showed him Baby Brother's eczema and he quickly said it was just eczema and said to continue with what his pediatrician had recommended, but that he would call in a prescription for a different medicine to see if that would help.  I got the phone number for our pharmacy, and he told me some other tips like limit the number of baths and stay away from scented stuff.  He also said to follow up with our pediatrician if it hadn't cleared up in a few days.

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I was very impressed with our experience and will be calling Doctor On Demand again if the need arises.  It is such a simple, money saving way to get the professional medical advice I need without having to spend money and time driving to the doctor.  

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Find out more at the Doctor On Demand website, Facebook, and Twitter.

AND for your first Doctor On Demand call, use code "LW14" to save $10!

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We would like to celebrate the fact that you can now talk to a board certified doctor (on demand!) from the comfort of your own home, thanks to the Doctor On Demand app…. with a great giveaway.

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The $200 Target Gift Card Giveaway will end on July 22nd. It is open to US residents, 18+ only. Please use the Giveaway Tools Form below to enter! Good Luck!

Disclosures: The participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Giveaway is open to US residents, age 18+ only. The giveaway will close at 11:59PM EST on 7/22/14. One winner will be selected randomly from all eligible entries. If you have any questions about this giveaway or would like to inquire about group events like this, please contact the Blogging Mamas Network at bloggingmamas.blog@gmail.com.

New Products for Mommies at Anna Naturals {giveaway closed}

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I'm excited to be able to tell you about some new natural products for mommies from one of my favorite companies, Anna Naturals.  These products have been tailor made for new and expectant mommies any all of the "issues" they sometimes face.  These awesome little products will help any new mama be able to enjoy their little newborn more and not have to think about stretch marks, sore nipples from breastfeeding, pain from childbirth, or the baby blues!

Baby Bump Oil™ hinders stretch marks and provides relief as your belly grows. Its light, non-greasy feel and subtle citrus scent makes it great for everyday use.

Healing witch hazel blended with therapeutic grade essential oils, Soothing Mama Postpartum Spray can help soothe and cool after delivery.

Blended with therapeutic grade essential oils, All Smiles Postpartum Spray can help elevate your mood and calm your mind.

Nursing Mama Natural Nipple Cream is specially formulated to soothe and heal dry, cracked nipples and is completely safe for baby — no need to wash off before nursing!

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Order these and more great products at Anna Naturals!  Each one of their products are recommended for use during pregnancy and nursing are developed with only all-natural and organic ingredients, and never contain any harsh chemicals, additives, artifical flavors, artifical colors, preservatives or any other harmful ingredients.

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New & Natural Mama Gift Set containing:

-Baby Bump Oil 2oz
-All Smiles Uplifting Spray 4oz
-Nursing Mama Nipple Cream 2oz
-Soothing Mama Healing Spray 4oz
 
Retail value = $45.96

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