5.2.16

God's Not Dead 2 Preview

Press Release: 

“What would you do if you shared your faith in Jesus Christ with someone? And it was deemed illegal…..

Would you be brave enough to take a stand in the public square knowing you could lose everything?”
David A.R. White “Rev. Dave”/ God’s Not Dead 2
God’s Not Dead 2 is about taking a stand. It’s about courage and faith. And it will ask each and every one of us to reflect – would we have the strength to fight for our right to share and express our beliefs no matter the cost?

The film’s central theme of religious liberty is a hot topic being addressed in our classrooms, courtrooms and national news today.

God’s Not Dead 2 is the sequel to the highest-grossing independent faith film of 2014. The film stars Melissa Joan Hart, Jesse Metcalfe, Sadie Robertson and veteran actors Ray Wise, Jon Lindstrom, and Ernie Hudson. The movie also includes special guest star Pat Boone and cameo performances from The Newsboys and Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Watch their featurette in which this all-star cast discusses the importance of courage, strength, and standing up for your personal convictions and religious beliefs.

GND 2 Special Featurette:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xt_RRpPPjq0

Jennifer

30.1.16

Scripture and a Snapshot


But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2Corinthians 12:9

     We have been pulling weeds in the garden this week. Last year we didn't plant anything in my little garden plot, and weeds grew up through the ground cover. They were taller than me! Monday, the dead ones were easily pulled out, but the live ones felt like I was trying to pull up trees by hand. My son even tried to help me chop them down, but I needed the roots out completely. Tuesday it rained hard. Our yard is now a muddy mess. In the garden, when I tried pulling weeds again Wednesday, all of them easily pulled out. I worked on my little plot over an hour, pulling the tall weeds and throwing them over the fence. My son suggested (after getting the golf cart stuck in the mud) that the weeds could fill the holes in the ground. We carried piles of them to the deepest ruts, and something unwanted was turned into something with a purpose. 

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28.1.16

Toy Organization With Pley

The following blog post is sponsored by Pley.
What is your biggest toy organization challenge? In our house, the most challenging room for me to keep clean is my son's room. It is way too full of toys even after my big clean up in there last fall. I determined then to help him clean it more often, but it still gets overwhelming. 
One thing that has made a difference is his Lego mat.  My oldest daughter made him a denim play area he can use for Lego construction that turns into a Lego storage bag by pulling the strings around its edges. Now he can quickly clean up Legos when he finishes playing with them. 
How have you resolved to avoid toy clutter this year? Have you tried out Pley yet? Visit the website (http://www.pley.com) and try out the service. I read a comparison of Pley to Netflix for toys. Once kids are done playing with a toy, it is mailed back. That clutter vanishes! Pley can also help cut down the clutter caused by toys that aren't played with at all. 

Key benefits of Pley:
▪ Pley offers access to a large selection of educative toys, including 400+ LEGO sets and popular robotics toys. More toys are being launched in the next few months. Stay tuned for updates!
▪ Pley is always on the hunt for the best toys, so our assortment reflects the latest and greatest toys
▪ All these toys come at a low price point vs. buying toys. Average members save ~$800/year.
▪ It's really convenient and helps reduce clutter: Pley packages get delivered to your door and when the kids are done playing, they can return them for a new toy. No more toys sitting unused on shelves!
* The savings in plastic alone from reduced purchases amounts to at least 240lbs fewer C02 emissions per annum per Pley member. And while the Pley business model relies heavily on shipping, we usually take advantage of trucks already on the road. If anything, our shipments are smaller than the typical Amazon package for the same LEGO set (Pley re-package them in smaller bags). Also, Pley helps reduce CO2 emissions from cars going to malls/stores to buy toys.
▪ Besides having access to a variety of toys, kids learn the concepts of sharing and reducing waste for the environment.
▪ Pley makes a fantastic gift! Shoppers can either gift unlimited subscriptions or gift cards!
Jennifer

23.1.16

Scripture and A Snapshot



So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. I Corinthians 3:7

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21.1.16

Tea Time Treats

This post is sponsored by Linqia for Winn Dixie eBoxTops.

For this #eBoxTopsatWinnDixie campaign, we developed this delicious recipe featuring Pillsbury Crescent Rolls. 

Winn Dixie’s eBoxTops program makes it easier than ever to earn money for your school while doing your weekly grocery shopping. Make it a resolution this year to register for Winn Dixie eBoxTops and shop for your favorite school. Share the cause with your school’s PTA, neighbors, friends, family, and coworkers. Think about how much cash your school can raise with eBoxTops, in addition to the clip Box Tops on each product you purchase!

It is easy to sign up, and while logged into Winn Dixie's website I even added coupons to redeem when I shopped. When my daughter pointed out that the Go-Gurt was Star Wars themed, we had to grab those for my son.


That wasn't part of my recipe plan, but he loved making the light saber on the package actually glow in the dark!
  

My girls and I love having tea with friends and special people, and we often try new dainty treats to serve at tea time. You can't go wrong with cream cheese, powdered sugar, and crescent rolls, and they blended perfectly in these tiny tea time treats.




The ingredients are simple:
1 can Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
4 ounces cream cheese
4 ounces powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Icing ingredients:
4 ounces powdered sugar
3 Tablespoons orange juice

Mix cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Open crescent rolls and unroll four crescents without separating. Roll out square sealing perforations, then cut into 9 or 12 squares. When we did the second half I realized cutting first works better. Pipe or spoon 1/2 tsp filling on each square. Fold over one corner then form triangle into small crescent. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes until brown. Combine powdered sugar and orange juice and gently spoon over each baked tiny crescent. One recipe makes 18-24 treats. 


Enjoy! Let me know if you try them. 

Box Tops for Education has made some exciting advances. You can now earn #eBoxTopsatWinnDixie without even cutting them off of your boxes! Earn extra cash for your school all year long with Winn-Dixie and eBoxTops! Visit the Box Tops landing page and learn more about the program.

Enrolling at winndixie(dot)com/boxtops is easy:
1) Log in to your Winn-Dixie account or sign up for a new account.
2) Enroll in Box Tops for Education, select your school, and link it to your Winn-Dixie account
3) Add eBoxTops offers to your account and earn cash for your school when you buy participating products at Winn-Dixie. There are new offers every month!

This month’s offer: Get 5 eBoxTops when you purchase any two participating products, valid through January 31, 2016. Get details and see participating products when you sign up at  Also make sure to print a flyer (linked here) and share the opportunity with your school so they can support!

Earn 5 eBoxTops when you buy 2 of the following products. You will be able to find a more complete product list on  when you download the coupon offer.

Go-Gurt (8 or 16 ct)
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Totino’s Pizza Rolls
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16.1.16

Loss


 Bingo was his name.

He gives power to the weak
    and strength to the powerless.
30 Even youths will become weak and tired,
    and young men will fall in exhaustion.
31 But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
    They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
    They will walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:29-31

     We buried my son's dog tonight. He has been his pet for more than half of his eleven years, and this is such a hard loss. 

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15.1.16

Libre Tea Glass Infuser Review

Libre Tea shared their classic tea glass for this review. 


The Libre Tea Loose Leaf Tea Glass Infuser is an innovative way to enjoy hot tea that stays hot. Each of the infusers include a filter with rubber seal and separate lid as well as the insulated glass used for both brewing and drinking. 

If you've ever read the mom version of the give a mouse a cookie story, you get a pretty clear picture of just how my big cup of coffee or hot tea gets cold before I drink it. This insulated glass is perfect for me because in it, my tea stays hot

Using the Libra Tea glass is easy. I just brewed my loose tea right in it after viewing the demonstration video they shared. Caution was recommended because of the steam. 

I also tried it with the loose tea above the filter. The sealed glass was simply inverted while the tea brewed using that method. 


The style I reviewed even fits in my car's cup holder, and the hot tea stayed hot for my journey! 


PASSION Salvation's Tide Is Rising Album review

PASSION the newest album Salvation's Tide Is Rising (releasing on January 29, 2016) from the Passion Conference and sixstepsrecords/Capitol CMG. Rooted in the confession of Isaiah 26:8, Passion exists to glorify God by uniting students in worship, prayer and justice for spiritual awakening in this generation.  From its start in 1995, the Passion Movement has had a singular mission--calling students from campuses across the nation and around the world to live for what matters most.  This yearly conference uses live worship music and teaching to encourage young people to live for the glory of God.  In 1998, Passion decided to document the musical portion of the 
annual conferences via live worship recordings -- raw, in-your-face praise songs with an alternative edge.  

That was about the last time my husband and I attended a Passion conference. But a friend and her children have been for the past several years, and they have shared about the excellent music. Because of her enthusiasm this year, I was excited about the opportunity to review this preview. I received an mp3 link from sixstepsrecords/Capitol CMG.  This music is indeed excellent. The kids and I have enjoyed the upbeat songs by some of our favorite musicians. Good Good Father is a new version of an old favorite, and there are some brand new favorites included, too. 

Since this album doesn’t release until January 29th, I get to giveaway a physical copy before it’s available to the public!


About Salvation's Tide Is Rising:
This brand new Passion album contains new studio recordings from best-selling artists Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Matt Redman, and Kristian Stanfill.  It features new songs written specifically for Passion 2016.  Release Date is January 29, 2016.  

Track List:
1.  Salvation's Tide is Rising - Passion featuring Kristian Stanfill
2.  My Victory - Passion featuring Crowder
3.  Remember - Passion featuring Brett Younker & Melodie Malone
4.  God & God Alone - Passion featuring Chris Tomlin
5.  Simple Pursuit - Passion featuring Melodie Malone
6.  I Turn to Christ - Passion featuring Matt Redman
7.  Your Grace Amazes Me - Passion featuring Christy Nockels
8.  All We Sinners - Passion featuring Crowder
9.  Surrender - Passion featuring Jimi Cravity
10. Good Good Father - Passion featuring Kristian Stanfill 

About Passion albums:
Since the first release in 1998, Passion albums have sold over 1.3 million units while introducing the church to worship songs like "Our God", "Holy Is The Lord", "How Great Is Our God", and "God Of This City".  Passion is coming off its best charting radio success in 5 years with the single "Even So Come", which went Top 5. 

About The Passion Movement:
The Passion Movement and the messages of founder Louis Giglio have marked the lives of millions of people around the globe, calling people everywhere to live for the glory of God.  From its inception, the movement of Passion has birthed new anthems of worship, influencing countless churches and helping to define the current worship climate and establish artists Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Matt Redman, Christy Nockels, Kristian Stanfill and others.  Louie Giglio is the pastor and founder of Passion City Church in Atlanta, GA. 

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9.1.16

Scripture and a Snapshot

He has made everything beautiful

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11
     We have been painting today. Over a decade in this house, and I'm just now adding color to the rest of the walls. I'm so thankful that God's timing is not like mine. 

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2.1.16

Scripture and a Snapshot



And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent. Exodus 14:13-14

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1.1.16

Reflections



Apparently us choosing to leave our tree up longer than I did as a child isn't so weird after all. Four days after Christmas, my kids helped my parents pack up all of their Christmas decorations. I just read that it is "proper" to leave your tree up until Epiphany. My kids actually laughed when I read that out loud, as ours just happened to fit a "proper" mold. It wasn't intentional. We had another "proper" discussion recently. Watching a holiday TV show with my parents, I turned to my daughter and seriously commented "there are people who actually live that way." Her very loud laughter was immediate. We don't know people like that. Snort. 

I did snort out loud while watching a movie with friends. I'm not sure anyone heard me, but I apologized anyway. We spent New Year's Eve with friends. After 9pm they offered anyone interested to watch the movie War Room. I've been wanting to see it so was happy for the opportunity. It was even better than I expected. The movie was primarily about prayer, but jumping rope was highlighted in the movie, too. I've been thinking of my sis a lot lately, and that brought previously forgotten memories of us jumping rope back to my mind. She was always better at it than me. 

This week we've got senior pictures planned for my oldest.

Is your homeschool back to your normal routine yet? We slowly eased back in with a few changes.

Are you aware of IEW's Twelve Days of Christmas Giving? Each morning, participants receive a link to free downloadable gifts. On day 12, they will have something even more special. It's all free, and a wonderful way to receive products, audio talks by Andrew Pudewa, and a whole lot of encouragement. IEW.com/Christmas15

Happy New Year! 
Jennifer



26.12.15

Scripture and a Snapshot


The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 


     Our family read the verses shared telling the story of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ in the gospels, and this last exclamation shared is from the gospel of John. The first verses in this picture are from the gospel of Matthew. 

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22.12.15

Christmas Cookie Giveaway

The following post is sponsored by Linqia and Betty Crocker

If you've been reading my blog lately, you know we've been making a lot of cookies.

Another batch of peanut butter cookies and two trays of Cranberry White Chip cookies were baked today. Which of the recipes from  Betty Crocker's 24 Days of Cookies would you like to bake?


We are trying seven different varieties of Betty Crocker's cookie mix! You can find them on sale now, and click for coupons from Bi-Lo and Winn Dixie.

My daughter has plans for the three bags of Gingerbread cookie mix, and I want to try decorating a few upside down gingerbread men cutouts as reindeer.


The Candy Cane cookie mix helped us to quickly make these pretty swirled cookies. 

We will probably add colored sugar to the top of the Snickerdoodle cookies before we bake them and decorate the sugar cookies (not pictured) with colored icing. 

We have been so busy lately, and these mixes have been a welcome time saver as we #BakeMemories.

So which one of these sweet treats will you try first?


Enter this quick giveaway for $10 through PayPal, then grab your Winn Dixie or BiLo coupons to #bakememories too. 

20.12.15

Scripture and a Snapshot

                
My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises! Psalm 57:7 

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19.12.15

Music Review: CHRIS TOMLIN'S NEW CHRISTMAS ALBUM ADORE: CHRISTMAS SONGS OF WORSHIP


Our house has been filled with the sounds of Christmas music since even before we decorated our tree. This year, my new favorite CD is Adore by Chris Tomlin. 

This new Christmas album released on October 23, 2015.  It features classic Christmas songs with a mix of original Christmas songs.  There are special guest performances from Lauren Daigle, All Sons & Daughters, Crowder, and more on this album.   

Songs:
1. He Shall Reign Forevermore
2. Adore
3. Midnight Clear (Love Song)
4. Noel featuring Lauren Daigle 
5. Hymn Of Joy 
6. Silent Night featuring Kristyn Getty 
7. What Child Is This? featuring Sons & Daughters 
8. It's Christmas
9. A King Like This
10. Bethlehem
11. A Christmas Alleluia featuring Lauren Daigle & Leslie Jordan of All Sons & Daughters 


Chris Tomlin is an American contemporary Christian music artist, worship leader, and songwriter who has sold nearly 30 million records.  Some of his most well-known songs are "How Great Is Our God", "Jesus Messiah", "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)", "Our God", and "Whom Shall I Fear".  His 2013 album Burning Lights debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, only the fourth Christian album ever to open at No.1.  Throughout his career, Chris has been nominated for 32 Dove Awards (6 of them collaborative efforts) and he has won 19 of them.  

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17.12.15

24 Cookies of Christmas-- Peanut Butter Cookies Three Ways

The following post is sponsored by Linqia and Betty Crocker

Rain changed our plans Wednesday, and an unexpected entire day home was the perfect excuse to try a new cookie recipe. 

My son is a big fan of peanut butter; he even eats it by the spoonful. When he saw Betty Crocker's 24 Days of Cookies, he let me know the sweet treet that he'd like to try the Peanut Butter Truffle Cookie recipe from day 2.


When I realized that cookies were baked before the truffles were made, it was the perfect excuse to turn half of the dough into another family favorite. Classic Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies were even easier using Betty Crocker's bagged cookie mix. (Find them on sale now and click for coupons from Bi-Lo and Winn Dixie.) The melted chocolate and hot cookie are so good right when they are made. It's a wonder that there were any left to take to the party. 


For the truffles, the instructions were to first bake them according to the instructions on the bag. 


Do you know the secret to that design? Just press the balls with the tines of a fork in two directions. Simple! 

Today we will turn what remains of those delicious cookies into chocolate covered truffles. I'm pretty sure we will be making a few more batches.

What is your favorite cookie recipe?