My Favorites of 2012

I've had a fun year here on the blog!  We've gotten to review some awesome stuff this year and I'm thankful for that and glad I got to share with my readers!  While I am always honest and never give a bad product a good review, there are some things that we couldn't use or would be better used by someone else, so I've donated or given away a lot of the products we've reviewed.  BUT, there are a few things that we can't let go of because they've been SO helpful, enjoyable, or simply awesome and now I want to share my favorites of 2012 with you!  (I wasn't paid or compensated for writing this post by any of the companies I'm about to name, but I really just love them and want you to know about them!)

"Little Changes" by Kristi Marsh I absolutely loved this book.  It opened my eyes to actually examine labels, consider alternatives, and realize that cheaper is not usually better.  I thank Kristi for helping us make some healthier choices this year!  And following Kristi on Facebook has continually educated me.

little_changes_300 HD freestanding book

Butterfly Garden by Insect Lore – This was SO much fun for all of us!  Seeing the caterpillars turn into chrysalises, and then into beautiful butterflies was such a wonderful thing and a great example of God's beautiful creations.  We will definitely be ordering more caterpillars in a few months!

insect lore

Coffee Mate Natural Bliss creamers – I had never really considered what was in my creamer until I was able to try these creamers.  They have only four ingredients…and are much, much better for you than regular creamers!

natural bliss creamer

OOFOS footwear – I loooooved how good these shoes felt on my feet.  They were cushiony and comfortable.  If you're wondering why I am using past tense, it's because I left them outside and they shrunk in the hot Texas summer sun.  ­čÖü  If I ever own another pair of OOFOS, I will never leave them outside.  Best shoes ever.


Magic Bumpers – One word:  lifesavers.  Our Magic Bumpers have made our trips a gazillion times better.  Baby D has slept with me without bothering me and in a twin bed without me having to worry about him rolling off.  They're affordable and a must have!

foam bed rails

Mark Gungor's "Laugh Your Way To A Better Marrige" DVD and live seminar – Mark is fabulous.  He's funny, he's smart, and he knows what he's talking about.  Some of the advice that Mark gives in his seminar has helped us to THINK about what we're doing and saying, how we're reacting, how we treat each other, and so much more.  I recommend Mark's material for singles, engaged couples, newlyweds, and anyone who is married, whether you've been married for 2 years or 50 years!

Mark Gungor

Moody Sisters Organic Lip Balm – This lip balm is my absolute favorite and it's made with natural, organic ingredients.  Plus, it smells great!  I don't leave home without it!!

kiss my almond Moody Sisters Organic

Maranda Lee – Hot Mama Handbags – This diaper bag is so much fun.  I love the print and the pockets are oh so handy.  If I could change one thing, though, I would've gone with the zippered closing because I've had a couple of times where the entire bag crashes to the floor and spills because I've forgotten to snap it closed.  Of course, I'd probably forget to zip it closed, too, but that's not Maranda's fault.  ­čÖé  The bag is SO well made and sturdy and it washes like a dream, too!

medium Emma bag

Hubby's Favorite:  Deluxe LED Fogless Shower Mirror with Squeegee by Toilet Tree  This is still a hit months later.  The hubby still raves about how awesome it is to be able to shave his face in the shower in a fogless mirror.


Well, there you have it!  My favorites of 2012.  I want to thank all of the awesome companies I've worked with in the past and can't wait to see what 2013 holds!

Do you have a favorite product from 2012?  I'd love to hear about it!  And if you're a blogger and have written a "Best of 2012" post, I'd love to read it so leave me the link in a comment!.

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Mark Gungor Live!

We have seen Mark Gungor's "Laugh Your Way To A Better Marriage" DVDs two times now, so it was a treat to get to see him live last week!  The hubby and I were lucky enough for Grammy and Grampy to watch the boys while we enjoyed listening to Mark on Friday night and Saturday morning.  We were both wondering how he was going to get everything in from the DVDs into the seminar, but Mark seems to have been doing it for so long, that he condensed the information on the DVD down to the perfect length at the seminar, without leaving out vital information.  Of course, I think everyone, married or not, should watch the DVD series, but the seminar is a fantastic start.  And there's really nothing like seeing Mark Gungor live and hearing him talk!

Laugh Your Way

Mark spent time talking about how women and men just think differently, how to get along, and simply how to love and respect each other.  Mark has a fantastic way of getting the point across to both men and women.  I'm not sure how he does it, but it is definitely a God given talent and he uses it well.  However, we learned at the seminar that it hasn't always been that way.  He was told that, as a pastor, he couldn't do certain things or talk about certain things in church, but later in his life, he finally was encouraged by someone from the church to be who he was and by that one person's faith in him, he has touched thousands of lives and saved hundreds of marriages.  He certainly has touched our hearts and made us think about our marriage and each other in a way that we had never heard before.  

Mark is funny, smart, and talented as a speaker.  Not once in the 2 1/2 ish hours on Friday and 2 1/2 ish hours on Saturday was I bored, even when hearing some of the stories from the DVDs.  There was a lot of new stuff, too, which was great.  He spent about 45 minutes talking about the Flag Page and how simply finding out what is important to you, your spouse, and even your kids can make a world of difference in your relationships.  His presentation was so convincing that there was a line at the merchandise table, and we bought the book and two codes, as well.  This stuff just works and there's no psychological equation behind it.  It's simple, easy to use, and on everyone's level, and that is great.  If it works, why try to complicate it?

We had an EXCELLENT time and I can't wait for Mark to come back to our area so we can hear him speak again.  He has lots of fantastic resources for married people, women, men, teens, and kids and while I haven't heard/read all of it, I would be willing to bet it's all equally fantastic!

You can listen to the Mark Gungor radio show FREE online or via his app.  Just search for "Mark Gungor" in the app store.  Also, check out the "Laugh Your Way To A Better Marriage" DVD series and the other great DVDs, books, and more at the Mark Gungor website.  

And now…it's your turn to see Mark Gungor live OR go to a video event of "Laugh Your Way To A Better Marriage" with your spouse!  Just enter in the Rafflecopter form below!

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Mark Gungor – Laugh Your Way To A Better Marriage DVD

Mark Gungor

My husband and I first heard of Mark Gungor while working at the children's home.  One of the ministers there shared the "Laugh Your Way To A Better Marriage" DVD with us and I, personally, was very encouraged and excited about the DVD.  I had a lot of "aha!" moments, where things Mark said clicked and made complete sense.

Mark Gungor is a pastor at Celebration Church in Green Bay, WI, but his "Laugh Your Way" marriage seminars are not your usual religious seminar.  He gets right to the issues that are causing so much strife in marriages.  He uses Bible verses and references, but he is far from being "preachy."  And he uses down to earth, easy to understand language that is not full of psycho-babble.  He has spoken for churches, civic events, business meetings, and is even a speaker for the U.S. Army.  He even has a daily radio show.  Mark definitely knows what he is talking about, delivers his message with humor, and that's why this DVD series is one of our favorites.

It was good to watch this DVD series again, two years after we saw it the first time, and I think it would be beneficial to watch in two more years, too.  Mark begins talking about "The Tale of Two Brains."  This section explains how women and men think and act differently.  It is VERY enlightening to realize WHY men (and women) do what they do.  My husband's favorite part was when Mark talked about the "nothing box."  Sometimes men really do sit around and think about "nothing."  Even if they look like they're pondering deep thoughts or questioning something grand, it is quite possible they're really thinking about….nothing!  Women don't understand that because most women can't just sit there and think about nothing, but men can.  Who knew?  (This is also good information for raising boys, might I add!)  

Mark goes on to talk about why men and women do what they do and how to discover what makes your spouse tick.  Then, Mark discusses big issues that could cause a couple's intimate life to not be so great, and tells us how to fix them to have an "incredible sex life."  Mark doesn't hold back and addresses everything from emotions, to sex drive, to the world's obsession with pornography and how it is destroying marriages, but can be defeated in your marriage.  He even briefly discusses how to talk to your children and why we NEED to talk to our children about these issues before it's too late.

This DVD series is jam packed full of great information and it flies by because Mark presents it in such a friendly, humorous way.  If you're married, you will benefit from this series.  If you're not married, you will benefit from this series.  Even if you are in a "perfect" marriage (haha) then even YOU will benefit from this series, I guarantee it.  My personal opinion is that this DVD is the single best resource that married couples should get!

Check out a clip from "Laugh Your Way":

You can purchase the "Laugh Your Way To A Better Marriage" DVD series for $59.99 at the website!  Make sure to follow Mark Gungor on Facebook and Twitter for news and updates!

The awesome people over at Mark Gungor headquarters want to give one Life With Captain Fussybuckets reader their own "Laugh Your Way To A Better Marriage" DVD set!  Just enter in the Rafflecopter form below.  Giveaway will end on September 4, 2012 at 11:01 PM central time.  Good luck!

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