My trip to Family Christian- with a giveaway!

I had the most fun afternoon with my grand daughter yesterday! We went on a girlie day shopping trip. We shopped for shoes, picked up some school supplies, and for the Grand Finale, I got to take her on her first trip to a Family Christian Store. The nearest Family Christian is about 40 minutes away and I usually stop there when I am already in the area. She is usually in school  when I go so this was a real treat for both of us!

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So many things, so little time! We spent a lot of time in the book section, as well as the DVD section. I had a couple of titles I was interested in and I was happy to find out they have a buy 1, get 1 50% off offer. I couldn’t believe that their offer included mix and match books, movies, music, wall art, kitchen items, even jewelry! I picked out 3 DVDs that we could watch on family movie night. I usually find lots of good movies in Family Christian, and our family loves nothing better than to settle in with a huge bowl of popcorn and watch a movie together. For my picks, I found The Last Ounce of Courage, Heaven is Waiting, and Squad 77. I love being able to choose from such a large collection of faith based movies. We already watched Last Ounce of courage last night- I wonder what they’ll pick for tonight!

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I love browsing the 5 dollar tables in Family Christian. I’ve bought a lot of movies, books, cds, and other items. This time, I found a cute t-shirt. 5 dollars? Really? Yes, really!

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I have spent many hours in the children’s section- it never ceases to please! From Veggietales gifts and CDs to first Bibles, Family Christian has a lot to choose from. This time, we decided to check out the shiny, dangling pretties in the jewelry department. My kidlet found her first cross and I was excited to see her choose something that would publicly display her faith! Since the BOGO included jewelry, I let her choose a second necklace, this one an anchor. She loves anchors and we’ve talked about how Jesus is the anchor in our lives. She has a wonderful sense of style and she couldn’t wait for me to pay for her necklaces so she could wear them.

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The staff at Family Christian are like family to me. They have such upbeat attitudes and I love chatting about movies, music, whatever we find in common. It’s easy because we all have one very important thing in common- our faith in Christ. I can’t think of another store where they would openly and actively offer prayer to their customers.

After my bounty was rung up and paid for, Erica (the cashier) asked if I would join with everyone at Family Christian in praying for the children in the Congo. She gave me a slip of paper with a reminder of what we are praying for. My kidlet was amazed that a store would do that. This is faith in action!

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I’m so thankful that we have a store that cares for everyone as if they were the most important people in the world. And I love being able to share that experience with my grand daughter. Family Christian, you rock!

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#FamilyChristianStores  and #FlyBy Promotions graciously offered me a gift certificate to help with my shopping. Now, they are offering a $25 Appreciation Certificate to be given to one of you, my readers! Sound good? Click below to enter the Rafflecopter and don’t forget to come back each day for extra entries!

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About Family Christian

  • Family Christian is a Christian retailer, operating in 250 stores across the country. They are committed to helping you find, grow, share and celebrate your faith through a wide selection of Christian books, music, Bibles, DVDs, gifts and more.
  • When you shop with Family Christian, your purchases support their efforts to unite with ministries that are helping children and families in need around the world.

The preceding review is my personal opinion and not reflective of Family Christian, FlyBy Promotions, or any other entity.

48 Colors Watercolor Pencils from ArtLost Review

 

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I love being able to express myself creatively. I find that there are a number of medias I can use to draw, paint, etc. Sometimes I want clean lines and other times I prefer a soft, blurred look. The best way for me to accomplish this is use a watercolor pencil, such as the 48 Colors Watercolor Pencils from ArtLost. These pencils came pre-sharpened so I could immediately use them. They come in a box of 48 colors- each one different and unique. They also have a sharpener for when they get dull. A good point is essential for clean lines. But I can easily switch to watercolor by either wetting the paper, dipping the pencil in water, or coloring the area then going over it with water. Each method has its own advantages and it’s fun to experiment with these pencils. The colors are vibrant when used as a pencil, but soften nicely when used as a watercolor.

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I purchased this product at a discounted price or for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My review is a reflection of my experience with the product. I received no compensation for this review and I am not required to give a positive review. I am not associated with the seller in any way .Please vote “yes” if this review was helpful. Thank you.

 

 

 

The Life We Never Expected by Andrew and Rachel Wilson Review and giveaway

The Life Never Expected

Have you ever wondered just what it would be like to raise an autistic child? How about two? How would you measure your faith if it were tested daily? I have been reading a book about two parents that gave birth to two wonderful children who ended up being autistic. The parents, Andrew and Rachel share insightful details of how they have learned in the day to day to keep their eyes focused on the Lord and continue to praise Him in the rain. So many things I took for granted until I saw just how blessed I am. My daughter was learning disabled and it was a labor of love to raise her. I knew that others didn’t have the same cross to bear as I did, but I recognized that there were many others whose walk was much more difficult than mine. I learned over and over just how much grace and mercy God doles out on a daily basis. Andrew and Rachel have bared their hearts in this book. Sharing how many different ways they used their experiences with their two children, even in the midst of trials, to bring home a message not only of salvation, but of continued devotion to their relationship with Christ. I felt the love of God reaching through the pages to touch my heart. I love that they never once said “Look at me. Aren’t I a great person for telling you my story!” Their attitude was one of humility, giving all credit to God for all the ways He provided for them. I would recommend this to anyone to read. It’s not just for parents of autistic children. I think the message is one that we all could stand to hear.

I received a copy of The Life We Never Expected by Andrew and Rachel Wilson for free from FlyBy Promotions in exchange for giving an unbiased review. FlyBy Promotions has graciously offered a second copy to be given away to one of my readers. Please click on the rafflecopter below and come back daily for extra entries.

 

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Waterproof, Shockproof Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker from Victsing Review

 

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VTIN Speaker

 

We love to entertain outdoors and we are total music lovers. I live in the Northwest and it’s not always sunny and warm here. But we don’t let the weather dictate what we do. So the Waterproof Outdoor Speaker from Victsing is perfect for our yard. It has a rugged outer shell that will take abuse and keep going. It’s waterproof so we don’t have to run for cover if it showers while we’re playing or working outside. The sound is phenomenal! It’s got 2 subwoofer drivers so it really pumps out the bass without distortion. And the music comes through crisp and clear. I love being able to walk away from the speaker and still hear good stereo sound! It says it’s good for up to 33 feet, but I measured mine at 60 and it was still going strong! And I can use my Ipad or smart phone easily by hooking it up to the Bluetooth. It will even work with a device that doesn’t have Bluetooth by using the auxiliary cable. It plays at 70% level for 15 hours and takes about 8 hours to fully charge.I did a video which you can find on Youtube here: https://youtu.be/DuGblS2P7g8 – feel free to stop by and check it out.

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Waterproof and Shockproof!

 

I received this product for a reduced price in exchange for an unbiased review.

 

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Xtech AA Ultra High-Capacity Batteries Review

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I have a number of electronics that require batteries. It can make me crazy trying to keep up on all of the batteries to keep my devices running. Most of the batteries needed are double A batteries and I use the rechargeable batteries for a lot of my use. They cost a bit more to begin with, but in the long run they are cheaper than regular batteries and can be charged and used over and over again. This is cleaner for the environment and easier for me to deal with. I bought a package of Xtech AA Ultra High-Capacity 3100mah Ni-MH Rechargeable Batteries from Amazon because my batteries were getting old. I wanted to try them and see if they worked better than my old batteries. These batteries are advertised to be rechargeable for up to 1,000 times and memory free, so if I charge them sooner than they need to be charged, it won’t affect their ability to work until they’re totally discharged the next time. I don’t know if they had any charge in them or not because I automatically charge my batteries before using. But I used them in my camera and left it to record to see how well they worked and they seem to be working with no problem. I can’t vouch for the 3100mAh rating one way or the other, but I am satisfied with how they are working for me.

 

The Xtech AA Ultra High-Capacity 3100mah Ni-MH Rechargeable Batteries listed here were purchased from Amazon at this link:

 

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SJPNEFG/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 
I received this product for a reduced price in exchange for an unbiased review.

 

 

Plantar Fasciitis Sleeves PLUS Silicone Gel Heel Comforters Review

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I have been unable to walk very much because I have plantar fasciitis and it is very painful. I’ve tried injections and even purchased very expensive orthotics but I still get plantar fasciitis from time to time. Lately, I’ve noticed that I also have heel pain. I’ve been unable to get to the foot doctor to see what is going on. So I ordered a set of Plantar Fasciitis Sleeves PLUS Silicone Gel Heel Comforters from Armstrong Amerika. I got a set of black compression sleeves that have just the right amount of compression to give support and comfort without being overly tight or uncomfortable. They are comfortable to walk in, which is not always the case with compression sleeves that end under your arches. I can wear these and not be uncomfortable because my feet are too hot. Along with the compression sleeves are a set of gel heel comforters. These are made of a soft, supple silicone and have holes all over them for breathability. Again, I don’t have to worry about my feet getting too hot- I wore these when it was mid 80’s and they felt great. Even better, they really did sooth my sore heels, even when I was at rest. I love that these sets are interchangeable and totally washable. I can toss them in my suitcase when I go on my vacation next month and know that my feet will be comfortable!

The Plantar Fasciitis Sleeves PLUS Silicone Gel Heel Comforters I purchased can be found on Amazon here:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015TVKOH8/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

I received this product for a reduced price in exchange for an unbiased review.

 

 

Silver and Black Cross and Chain Set Review

 

With June comes birthdays, an anniversary, and for this year, a graduation. I am so proud of my grandson and I was very excited that he was about to graduate. What could I give him that he would take with him as he graduated? I found the perfect gift- an elegant black and silver cross and chain. This cross has an 18 inch silver chain and is a silver cross with a black accent cross on top. The chain is made of stainless steel so I know it won’t turn his neck green. and the length is perfect for a guy or even for a lady. I actually tried it on so that I could take a couple of pictures, as I didn’t want him to see it before his graduation day. But he was so grateful for the gift and for it being something he could wear with his cap and gown. It felt good knowing he was able to wear something that represented his faith in Christ. I love the workmanship that went into this cross- it’s sure to be a favorite piece of jewelry for him for years to come!

 

This cross and chain set was provided free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review. All opinions are my own and not reflective of anyone else.

 

My Mother’s Quilts by Ramona Richards Review and Contest

 

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I have really enjoyed reading My Mother’s Quilts by Ramona Richards. It’s a book of devotions centered around the author’s mother’s quilts and the stories behind them. Each devotion has a scripture reference, a quilt pattern with a color picture included, and a prayer starter. The stories were rich in history, showcasing colorful patterns of the quilts that had been handmade for centuries by her mother, grandmother, and other family members. Each quilt brought out a lesson based on scripture that would carry her faith forward and honor the memories of her mother and grandmother. She often wove historical references into the devotions, such as including a quilt that had been designed and pieced in the 1840’s using a Carolina Lily as the design. The quilt had been buried during the Civil War to keep it protected from thieves. What had once been bright red and green was now rust and brown. The history had been passed down in her family and finally, the quilt was donated to a museum for safekeeping and to allow the story to continue. The biblical reference was Deuteronomy 4:9, which is a reminder to keep track of our past and repeat the stories often, lest they be forgotten in time. We are to share with our children and our children’s children. This lesson was brought home by sharing the quilt with the museum so that everyone who visited the museum could hear of its story and preserve it in the hearts of others.

 

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Each devotion is written in such a way. A scripture reference, a devotion tied to a quilt, a picture of the quilt, and a prayer starter to tie it all together. Ms. Richards did a wonderful job with each of her devotions and the book is a pleasure to read from start to finish. It’s a wonderful way to relax and spend time with the Lord.

 

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If you are interested in purchasing the book, Here is a retail link that can be used. It directs to ShopBetterBooks.com, which is the retailer that currently has the lowest price on the book ($11):

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About the Author:

Ramona Richards is an award-winning editor, speaker, author of nine books, and a frequent contributor to devotional collections. An avid live music fan, Ramona loves Nashville, which she’s called home since she was ten. Sensing her mother was near the end of her life, Ramona documented her mother’s stories and lessons behind each family quilt. These stories form the devotions in My Mother’s Quilts. Find out more about Ramona and her books by visiting her online at ramonarichards.com.

 

My Mother’s Quilts by Ramona Richards was provided free of charge by FlyBy Promotions for the purpose of review. That being said, all of the preceding opinions are my own and not reflective of Ms. Richards, FlyBy Promotions, or any other entity.

PRO 4 in 1 Skin Care Facial Brush Review

I had a great skin care facial brush that I loved but the battery went bad and wasn’t replaceable. I missed having the brush for my skin because it really made my skin soft. I have been looking at buying a new brush for a while but hadn’t found one I was ready to order. I was offered a PRO 4 in 1 Skin Care Facial Brush from Xtech for free in exchange for an unbiased review. I ordered one and here’s what I found:
Pros:

There are 4 attachments:

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a small bristle brush for facial cleaning and exfoliation,

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a large bristle brush for use on the body,

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a small sponge for massaging in your favorite lotion,

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and a small pumice stone for your feet.

The description says the pumice is for pore cleaning but I wouldn’t even attempt to use it on my face. I love the variety of attachments. My other brush only had 2. The brush is also waterproof, so I can use it in the shower.

 
Cons:

The battery cover is extremely difficult to remove. I have a hard time with one hand as it is, but this was really tight! And I’m surprised that it needs 4 batteries. It has less power than I would have expected.

 

All in all, I found the PRO 4 in 1 Skin Care Facial Brush from Xtech to be a good buy for the price.

I received the PRO 4 in 1 Skin Care Facial Brush from Xtech for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

Find the PRO 4 in 1 Skin Care Facial Brush from Xtech here:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01A19CO4O/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

 

Dimmable LED String Lights from Cymas Review

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I got these Dimmable LED String Lights from Cymas at a discount in exchange for an unbiased review. I’ve had fun playing around with them ever since. I call them Fairy Lights because they’re tiny little lights but they pack a pretty good amount of light. They are about 26 feet long and a total of 100 lights. They are on a copper wire so the lights can be bent and twisted in any shape or around any item you want lit. They are completely waterproof and safe for outdoor use, which is wonderful because I live in the Northwest. Note: the remote and adapter are NOT to be exposed to rain. I love that this set has the ability to flash at 6 different modes, like Christmas lights, and they will range from a very soft light to quite bright! There’s 10 brightness levels available! I love having it light up my pics of my parents so it draws attention when anyone comes in the front door. The Dimmable LED String Lights from Cymas are very versatile and can be rolled back up in between uses. I really like them!

 

Product provided for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

Dimmable LED String Lights from Cymas can be found here:

https://www.amazon.com/Cymas-Dimmable-Waterproof-Decorative-Christmas/dp/B01G4YX2QY/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1466229828&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=cymas+outdoor+solar+string+lights

 

 

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