Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Why I Love The JESUS Film (And You Should Too!) {Review and Giveaway}

This post and giveaway are sponsored by Jesus Film and the FrontGate Christian Blogger Network. The opinions about how it will serve our home well are my own.


The life of Jesus is one of the most fascinating stories that has been told and re-told many, many times, both in print and in movies.  I know have lost track of the number of different movies that I have seen (or heard about) detailing Jesus' life.

With Christmas fast approaching, one of my favorite things I love to do is to cook and bake, which often means that I would have my laptop shoved into the corner of my countertop so I can watch a DVD while making a mess of my kitchen.  This often leads to my computer getting some type of food on it and results in me panicking and turning off the movie.

However, now with the ability to stream movies, I can use my phone to watch movies (which is less dangerous for my computer and also means more countertop space to make a mess on).  One movie, which I was given the opportunity to watch recently, The JESUS Film, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite movies ever, was just made available via streaming this year.

Now if you haven't seen The JESUS Film, I highly recommend it.  Even though it was made in 1979, it is one of those movies that you want to watch every holiday season.    The JESUS Film, having been translated into more than, 1,197 languages and seen more than 200 million time, but the the history of the making of the film itself was remarkable. The film follows the Gospel of Luke and had direct quotes from every word spoken by Jesus in the film.

But what I find very fascinating is that according to The JESUS Film's website, there were over 450 leaders and scholars that reviewed the film's manuscript for historical and biblical accuracy.  There are not many films that I know that follows The Bible in detail as The JESUS Film, but what really impresses me is the amount of research and authentication of the manuscript by that many people to make sure every detail is accurate, down to the props, clothing and culture portrayed in the film is true to that time period.

The JESUS Film is one of the most watched movies based upon Jesus' life and in celebration of its 35th anniversary, it has been re-mastered and the DVD has eight different languages available and bonus material that includes the making of the movie.

As a special gift from Christian Cinema, I have been given the opportunity to giveaway 2 free streaming codes for The JESUS Film so that you too can enjoy this great movie.  For more information on the giveaway, you can find out more here.





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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Top 5 Ways to Survive the Holidays



I received this product for free from Bulletproof Coffee.  As a blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinion do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Bulletproof Coffee or the manufacturer of the product.



Listen, do you hear that?  That, my friend, is the sound of peace and quiet.  It is something that I do not have the luxury of enjoying too often because in about an hour, it will be mass chaos - the kids will be running around (and most likely whining about having to get up so early), my oldest daughter will be waking up 15 minutes before she has to leave for college so we will be rushing out the door after she becomes frantic and anxious about being late for class.  All of this will be going on while the dog will be circling round your feet trying to catch any crumb that falls to the floor while making breakfast.

This is my daily morning routine, even after reading countless "how to be more organized in the morning" books, things are still unorganized, but I have come to accept the chaos.  After all, one day, when the kids are grown up, the house will be quiet once again.

However, during this time of  year, with back to back holidays, life can get downright stressful.

There are baking marathons for last-minute holiday parties, frantically running for that last minute gift that you forgot to buy for your nephew, and the never-ending to do list that seems to get longer by the minute.

Yes, the holidays are stressful, but I'm going to let you in on a secret...they don't have to be.  It is only stressful if you allow it to become overwhelming and stressful.  Yes, I am guilty of this both in the past and presently.  Allowing the stress of the holiday not only robs you of your sanity, but your energy and health.

But there are five things you can do to help keep your sanity during the holiday madness.

1.  Get Plenty of Sleep




Moms (and Dads), can I get a show of hands from those that have kids under the age of 2 that do not get at least 8 hours of solid sleep.  You know, that kind of sleep where you are not woken up in the middle of the night for something to drink, a nightmare, or even the baby crying because her diaper leaked (because changing bed sheets in the middle of the night is always fun).

I would guess that most, if not all, of you raised your hand (or at least thought about doing so).  And it isn't just kids that can cause you not to get enough sleep.  Everyday stresses, that nagging thought in the back of your mind that you forgot to do something that day but you can't remember what it was you had to do, or even staying up too late to watch the late night shows.  There are many, many things daily that rob you of getting good, quality sleep every day.

But did you know that not getting enough sleep can wreak havoc on your body?  Sleep is a necessity for your body to rejuvenate itself, to help rebuild muscle tissue to rebuild itself from lifting weights earlier that day, and to just rest to prepare itself for the next day.

When you do not get enough sleep, there are so many health consequences that can affect your body.  You are more susceptible to catching colds due to a lowered immune system, higher chance of heart disease, lowered ability to focus on daily tasks, lack of energy, gaining weight - the list is ongoing.

If you are not getting enough sleep, take control of what is going on not only during the day, but also at night, especially before bed.  Eating a balanced diet with plenty of good fats throughout the day, drinking plenty of water, but even more important is to put the phone/computer/etc. down and detach yourself from the internet (yes, it is hard to do, but so necessary) and turn the television off. All of these things are vital to getting quality sleep and feeling rested when you wake up in the morning.   For more ways to improve your sleep, check out this article here.

2.  Get Your Sunshine On


Yes, it may sound a little crazy, but not outside and soaking up some sun every day can make you feel tired, which often results in a lowered response to dealing with stress.  



The sun plays a vital role in how our body produces Vitamin D, also known as the "sunshine vitamin."  Vitamin D, more specifically Vitamin D3, plays a huge role in how our body absorbs calcium, helps with depression, may decrease heart disease and even help with weight loss.  Not to mention it may also help with fatigue.

Now I'm not saying to go outside every day for 30 minutes or more without sunscreen to get the full benefits of getting enough Vitamin D.  This may be hard to do during the winter months, especially for those that live in the north.   But by eating foods rich in Vitamin D, such as eggs, salmon and yogurt, is important on a daily basis.  Also, taking a quality vitamin supplement that contains Vitamin D (and Vitamin D3) is important to add to your daily regimen.


3.  Relax and Destress


Relaxing, a peaceful hot bath, reading a book without interruption - all of these things may seem impossible when you have kids.  But it is so important that you have the chance for "me time" daily.  Even if it is just 30 minutes a day to unwind, you need and DESERVE it.  Taking this time for YOU is necessary to refocus and help to unwind after a long day at work (or even staying home with your kids all day).



For me, I have a nice cup of coffee (Bulletproof coffee is my favorite), essential oil diffusing, and a good book to help me focus and prepare for the day ahead.  This is my "me time."  Yes, there are days that I may not get my "me time" in the mornings due my little one getting up too early or a change in our routine for the day, but I still make the time later in the day for me.  You deserve it.


4.  Eating Healthy




During the holidays this may be the hardest thing to do.  Between office parties, family gatherings and homemade candy from my family, there seems to be a never ending supply of chocolate and cookies in some form or another in my kitchen, and they all seem to be calling my name, especially when I've had a particularly rough day.

Now, more than ever, is it important to eat healthy on a daily basis and limiting the amount of sugar and processed foods.  Eating a diet high in green leafy vegetables, good for you fats like avocados and quality proteins like fish and grass-fed meats are vital to keeping your body running at an optimal level to help ward off colds and, if you are like me, eating too many unhealthy foods.

If you know me, then you know my love of coffee, which I include as one of the major food groups. Some may say that coffee isn't healthy, while others will say that it is.  I am one of those that say that it IS healthy for you, as long as you have a good, quality coffee.

Now, I understand that some of you may be asking, "How can coffee be good for me?"  Well, with my favorite coffee, Bulletproof Coffee, it is not only good, but good for you.  Bulletproof Coffee is made with ground coffee that is low in toxins (which may cause health issues) because their beans are grown, processed and tested to make sure of its purity.  But one of the main things that I LOVE about Bulletproof Coffee is adding in two ingredients that I would have never even considered or even thought in a million years adding into my coffee - grass-fed ghee and Brain Octane Oil (a medium-chain triglyceride oil made from coconut oil).  Trust me, I once thought the same thing - how in the world could you add butter and oil to coffee?  Well, I asked the same thing until I tasted it and it totally opened up my eyes (and taste buds).  Yes, it was that good.

But not only does it taste good, it is good for you.  The ghee and Brain Octane Oil are full of good fats that you may be skimping in your diet.  Fats are necessary for so many body functions, transportation of vitamins and minerals and is needed for mental cognition that they are a vital part of your diet.  So why put them in your coffee?

I can honestly say that after drinking Bulletproof Coffee for only a few days, I can tell that I am more awake and focused after drinking it and have even noticed that I feel fuller too (bonus!).  If you would like more information on Bulletproof Coffee and its health benefits, you can check out their website here.  If you would like to purchase a starter kits, which is the best way to see if you like it before you buy it, you can get yours at http://ca.bulletproof.com.

5.  Getting Your Sweat On




Yep, you guessed it, exercise can help keep you sane and help fight off those unwanted holiday pounds.  I know that exercise is probably the last thing you want to do until the New Year, but just taking 30 minutes at least 5 times per week is all you need to help you to either prepare you for the day (if you exercise in the morning) or refresh and help your sleep (if you exercise at night).

Even better is if you can get outside, not only for the fresh air, but for the Vitamin D.  It doesn't have to be anything extreme like cross fit, but even just a walk around the block is all you need to obtain the benefits of exercising.  


Taking care of yourself is the first step to surviving the holidays.  When you take care of yourself, you are able to have plenty of energy to make it through those long lines at the mall, the to do list that hasn't been completed from two days ago, and all the other things that life throws your way.

What are some of the things you do to survive the holidays?



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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Teaching Scripture Through Song {Review and Giveaway}



This post and giveaway are sponsored by Oodles World and the FrontGate Christian Blogger Network. The opinions about how it will serve our home well are my own. 


The holidays can be crazy sometimes, especially when you have children who are very active and are always busy doing something.  Now I know that some parents may shun putting a DVD on so that you can get a chance to do dishes or get supper done, but there are those days when a movie is just what I need to get a moment of sanity and get things done.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Everything You Need to Know About Faithbox {A Review}


I received this product for free from the Family Christian Blogger Program (www.familychristian.com).  As a Family Christian Blogger Program blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog.  My opinion do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Family Christian, Faithbox or the manufacturer of the product.



I've noticed lately that there seems to be a new trend in the way companies are selling monthly subscriptions.  One trend that I am hooked on are monthly kits/boxes for things that I use, such as planner kits and bible journaling kits.  But there are more than just those.  I've even seen a monthly "box" subscription for your pet.

However, one monthly "box" subscription that I have seen and heard of quite a bit is one called Faithbox.  I was considering purchasing a one-month subscription to try it out when I was contacted by Family Christian to review the August 2016 Faithbox.




Each Faithbox subscription will contain a 30 day devotional, plus various other products from companies that have a positive effect in the world today.  You will also receive an Impact Guide which will give a brief overview of the products, how to use them, and why those particular products were chosen for that month's Faithbox.



In the August 2016 Faithbox, you would have received Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst (one of my favorite authors!), Everyday Faith 30 day devotional, Steamm Espresso shot, The Stitch by Speak Your Silence and Thoughtful Cards designed by the Faithbox team.




I can honestly say that all the contents in the August 2016 Faithbox, at first were a bit confusing as to why there were included, but after reading how the Steamm Espresso shot helps to provide polio immunizations to children overseas and how The Stitch funds one on one counseling to people affected by child abuse in the United States, it made me realize that there are these awesome products that not many people may not know about and using a service, such as Faithbox, is a blessing in not only spreading God's word, but also helping others in need all over the world.

Not only do the products contained in each month's Faithbox help to provide services such as immunizations and counseling, but every Faithbox shipped also provides three meals to a non-profit organization called Rice Bowls, which helps to feed hungry children.

I was so impressed with Faithbox, both in the choice of contents in the box and how fun the products chosen were, I have a feeling that a lucky person (or two or three) in my family will definitely be getting a monthly subscription to Faithbox as Christmas gifts this year.

If you would like to learn more about Faithbox or even order your own Faithbox, check out Family Christian.




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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Getting your Kids to Take Their Vitamins Just Got a Little Easier {Review}

Getting your kids to take their vitamins without the need for pills.
I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.

Let's face it, getting our kids to eat healthy or even just one bite of any kind of veggie sometimes results in you getting frustrated and your child throwing a temper tantrum or crying.  So while we can only offer veggies and healthy foods for them to eat, it is up to us as parents to make sure that they are still getting their daily vitamins and minerals.

Now, I personally know that my daughter will eat certain veggies and only for a certain length of days before she tires of them and moves on to another one of her few chosen "go-to" vegetables that she will eat.  I also know that by her being such a picky eater, it puts a limit on what vitamins and minerals her body will be getting and possibly increasing those that her body will be lacking.

So in order for her to get the daily nutrients she needs,I can either fight with her on a daily basis to try new foods (which is often the case) or make sure she takes her vitamins.  Because she is only 6, she hasn't quite grasped the concept of swallowing a pill so any type of vitamin that she takes has to be in powder or liquid form.

So I was on the hunt to find a powder type of vitamin that didn't contain fillers, sugars, coloring or preservatives.  But to make it even more difficult, I needed a kids' vitamin that was gluten, dairy, and soy free due to food intolerances.

It was then that I had finally found a vitamin that met all of those criteria and more.


MegaFood Multivitamin made with organic vegetables and fruits.
MegaFood Kids Daily Multi

MegaFood, a well-known supplement company, partnered with brands that my family has used for quite some time, and are well known such as Kauai Organic Farms, Lundberg Family Farms, and Uncle Matt’s Organic to create a powdered vitamin for kids five and older.

MegaFood Daily Immune made with elderberry and echinacea for added immune support.
MegaFood Kids Daily Immune

MegaFood also offers three types of powdered supplements:  Kids Daily Multi, which is made up of organic vegetables and fruits; Kids Daily Immune, which features immune boosting ingredients such as elderberry and echinacea; and Kids Daily B-Centered, which is formulated from brown rice to support mental focus, calmness and healthy energy levels.  These can be given separately or altogether.

But the one thing that really drew me to using MegaFood was the ability to add their powdered supplements to foods such as smoothies, yogurt, pancakes, applesauce, and more.  The ability to "hide" vitamins that do not leave a "powdery" taste is HUGE.  No kid will willingly eat any food that has been prepared that has a weird taste in it without immediately asking you what you did to that food and refuse to eat it.  Not to mention the frustrating feeling that you tried to hide a powdered vitamin in a food that your child loves and will eat, only to be busted that you tried to hide something "healthy" in it.

Adding It To Foods


A fast and easy smoothie to add MegaFoods' Daily Multi and Immune to.
Banana Chocolate Smoothie with MegaFood Kids Daily Multi and Immune

One of the recipes that I added MegaFoods' Kids Daily Multi and Daily Immune to was a smoothie recipe that my daughter actually loves - a banana-chocolate smoothie.  She typically has a smoothie at least every other day, if not daily.  Banana-chocolate is her favorite, so it was a perfect recipe to test out if she even noticed that a powdered vitamin was added.

Recipe: Banana-Chocolate Smoothie

1 1/2 frozen banana
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 scoop MegaFood Kids Daily Multi
1 scoop MegaFood Kids Daily Immune
1 tsp vanilla
3-4 ice cubes

Directions

Mix all ingredients together until blended well.  Serve immediately and enjoy.


Verdict


Its a winner! The Banana-Chocolate Smoothie with MegaFoods' Multi and Immune was a hit.
It's a winner!

She loved it.  She didn't realize anything was added differently to the smoothie and there was no difference in taste.  

I am very pleased with MegaFoods' supplements and will continue to use them and try other recipes to incorporate them into.  

If you would like more information on what MegaFood offers and get exclusive access to discounts and special offers, go to www.megafood.com/kids-boosters.




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