Monday, June 29, 2015

Old Fashioned Movie and Book Review and Giveaway

I am hosting a giveaway for the Old Fashioned Movie, Book, and Devotional. I reviewed the Old Fashioned Movie DVD previously, and if you'd like to read it, you can go here. By the way, I gave it a very positive review.

After watching the Old Fashioned movie with my teenage daughter, she read the Old Fashioned Book. She spends several hours a day reading in the summer, so I knew she would finish it in no time at all. The novelization is softcover and is 303 pages. Here is the info. I received about the book: "Turning his back on his reckless lifestyle, former frat boy Clay Walsh has settled down to turn an antique shop in a small Midwestern college town....and to purse lofty and outdated theories on love and romance. But when Amber Hewson, a free-spirited woman with a gypsy soul, rents the apartment above his shop, Clay can't help being attracted to her spontaneous and passionate embrace of life. Amber also finds herself surprisingly drawn to Clay, but his ideas about relationships are unusual to say the least, and they bring to light her own deep wounds and fears about love. They say opposites attract, but can Clay and Amber move beyond their differences and their pasts to attempt an "old fashioned" courtship?"

My daughter enjoyed the book even more than she enjoyed the movie. Every time she was reading it, she had a lot of new facts to tell me. She would ask me if I remembered a scene in the book and then she would tell me a lot more details about it, from what she read in the book. She was a little disappointed that they couldn't fit all those details into the movie.

I have been reading the Old Fashioned Devotional. I am on day 14 and there are 40 days. It is softcover and 222 pages. Here is the info. I was given about the devotional: "Contrary to popular opinion, being "old fashioned" doesn't mean you're dull or unromantic. In fact, a true old fashioned relationship can be more exciting and romantic than anything you've ever experienced! So what does it mean to do things the old fashioned way? Sure, it means opening doors, holding out chairs, and taking things slow. But a true old fashioned romance goes much, much deeper than that. Inspired by the motion picture Old Fashioned, this book will show you how to reclaim the lost art of romance by introducing you to romantic love as God intended it. Regardless of your past mistakes, where you've been, what you've done, or where you are now, you can find and create a love that will last a lifetime! As you work your way through this forty-day journey of inspiring readings and questions for reflection, you'll discover all the unique and amazing benefits of doing things the old fashioned way. And before you know it, you'll be well on your way to creating a love story for the ages."

The Devotional is a good way to continue the conversation from the movie. It starts with talking about how we treat others. The typical day is a quote from the book, a story example and some advice, application questions, and prayer. Here are some things I've liked about it so far: on Day 5, it talks about how the other person can't be our everything, only God can. ON Day 9, it talks about how we need to be treated with respect and honor because we were made in God's image. On Day 10, it talks about how we should treat others with dignity because they are loved by God. On Day 12, it talks about how we need to have our boundaries in place before we find ourselves in a tough situation. I think this would be good for an older teenager or young adult to read before they enter the dating scene.

I am also running a giveaway for you. You have a chance to win a free set of the Old Fashioned Movie DVD, book and devotional. This giveaway is open to the US and Canada. All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below, fill out one option or as many as you want. The giveaway ends at 12:01 a.m. eastern time on 07/07/15.

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

My Week & Bathroom Organization

This week my oldest son started the summer quarter of his college classes. My daughter is done with her training at Legoland and worked on her own this week. In fact, last night, she trained someone else. My youngest son has spent as much time this weekend as he can doing things with his dad, like playing at the park and hitting golf balls.

On Monday, I had an interview at Walmart for their fashion dept. It was a very long day waiting for my turn to be interviewed. Then, there was a second interview about an hour after so they let me go home and eat lunch and come back. The whole process of waiting and interviewing was over 3 hours! The 2nd person to interview me said she was very impressed with my answers and would call me back that night or the next day, but I haven't heard from her yet. So, that's pretty disappointing.

On Tuesday, I listed some of my plastic canvas and craft books on ebay. I have a lot more to list, but it takes awhile to list something. My youngest son had a play date at the local park with a friend from church, so that was fun for both of us. I finally had some adult interaction.

On Wednesday I played on the Wii for a little bit with my youngest son, but I didn't do very well. He did much better than me. I spent a lot of my day organizing our master bathroom. The cupboards were still pretty organized, so I just had to do a little straightening up, but the drawers were another story!

I thought about taking pictures after I finished this drawer, so I don't have a before for this one. Just know, that it looks much better than it did before, because most I had a lot of those little sanitizers still in their packages rather than the bin, and most things weren't stacked neatly in a bin.

I had already removed all of this from the drawer before I took the picture, but it does basically show what a mess the drawer was.

I request a lot of free samples, so that's why I have so many sample shampoos and lotions. At least it's more organized now. When I run out of my current shampoos and lotions, I plan on using these so I won't have to buy anymore for awhile.

This is the before of one of my husband's drawers.

This is the after. A lot of things were out of those zippered pouches, so I just put them back in. Then, I just cut off the top of a cardboard box and put his things in there neatly. If it was for me, I would have wrapped it with decorative paper, but since it's for him, the box is good enough.

This is the before of my husband's other drawer.

This is the after. His hair cut things were all over the drawer, so I put them back in the container. I also got rid of some shoe polish and things he doesn't use anymore. The rest was able to just stack neatly, so I didn't need a box.

I know it still doesn't look as stunningly beautiful as some other organizing projects I've seen on other blogs, but I did the best I could with what I had on hand, and didn't have to buy anything else.

On Thursday, I did the grocery list, which takes a couple of hours. Then my youngest son and I went to the Gemological Institute of America for a Boy Scout field trip. Usually my husband takes him on scout events, but this was in the afternoon and he was still at work. I was very surprised that some of the other moms were pretty snobby. Maybe it's because they didn't really know me and they've had a year to get to know each other.

On Friday, I had my yearly physical, and everything is looking good!

On Saturday, we had to buy a new toaster because only 2 of our 4 slots worked on our old one. The old one didn't last very long, so I hope this one last longer. I also prepared the Sunday School lesson by myself. My daughter usually helps, but she was working.

So, how was your week?

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Great Shopping Trip at Vons

I used to post about my shopping deals all the time, but I've been busy with other posts and just life in general, so I haven't posted them in awhile. However, today my teenage daughter wondered why I didn't post my deals anymore, and told me I should post this deal because it was really good. So, here it is. At Vons today, I spent $25.74 and saved $45.62, which is 64%!

I bought:
4 General Mills Cereal for $1.49 each, and I had a $1.00 coupon.
Kraft Mayo and Miracle Whip for $1.99 each and I had two $.50 coupons.
3 Kraft BBQ Sauce for $.79 each.
3 Progresso Soup for $1.79 each.
4 Bumble Bee Tuna for $.59 each.
2 Imperial Spread for $.99 each(these weren't on sale).
9 Yoplait Yogurt for #.47 each.
1 Oscar Meyer Turkey Franks for $1.49.
1 Cantaloupe for $.99.

What kind of deals did you get this week?

Friday, June 26, 2015

Kleem Organics Intensive Rejuvenating Vitamin C Serum Review

I was excited to be able to review Kleem Organics Intensive Rejuvenating Vitamin C Serum because it says it's the perfect elixir for aging and being in my 40s, I definitely want a product that will help me look younger. The Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, witch hazel, and arginine in this serum work together to repair the effects of sun damage, lighten sun and age spots, and smooth and brighten for more beautiful skin. It has an airless pump bottle which preserves serum freshness and sterility. The pump dispenser eliminates any waste. It is also cruelty-free and not tested on animals. Kleem Organics is made in the USA and is doctor trusted. The serum is gentle on skin and has 98% natural & organic ingredients. It comes with an iron-clad money-back guarantee... Either 100% Satisfied or get your money back. You can purchase it on

This is me before I started using Kleem Organics Intensive Rejuvenating Vitamin C Serum. You can see my sagging, tired-looking eyes; the redness of my face; my sagging, face with some wrinkles; and just over-all dull, tired looking appearance.

This serum is really easy to use. I just clean my face with a cleanser, use the pump to dispense a small amount on my fingers, and just rub it around on my face with gentle, circular motions. By the way, this serum smells really good! It has a slight orange color and it smells like oranges. I feel very refreshed after using it. I have very dry skin, so I apply a moisturizer after the serum.

This is me after using Kleem Organics Intensive Rejuvenating Vitamin C Serum for 3 weeks. My eyes look much better and I don't look so tired; my face isn't red anymore; my skin, especially on my cheeks, isn't sagging anymore and I have less fine lines; and over-all my face and skin look much brighter and uplifted.

I am definitely happy with the results! I think I don't look as tired, worn-out or as old.

I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post, however all opinions expressed are my own.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Reason for My Hope: Salvation by Billy Graham Book Review

I was excited to be able to review The Reason for My Hope: Salvation by Billy Graham because I love listening to him preach, so I was sure I was going to love reading his book. Billy Graham is a world-renowned author, preacher, and evangelist. He is humbled to be called by God to bring the message about Jesus coming to earth to bring hope and salvation. Millions have heard him preach this Good News. He's also written other books, like Angels and Peace with God.

The Reason for My Hope: Salvation is the message Billy Graham's been preaching for more than seventy-five years. This book will give you hope for the future. As I read this book, I wrote down several things that stood out to me and really encouraged me. The introduction was very encouraging and peaked my interest in reading the rest of the book. My favorite quote from the intro. is, "Hope is the first ray of sunshine that peeks above the horizon - without fail - every morning with blazing truth, telling us we can make it through."

There are several personal triumph stories from other believers throughout the book. It's great to hear that other people have made it through tough times with God's help. Some of the topics covered in the book are sin, hope from Jesus' death, the historical evidence about Jesus(like we are the only religion to have a living leader, while all the other leaders of other religions are dead), and Hell - a place with no hope.

Some things that "spoke to me" were that God can make you new, Jesus loves even when He's rejected, a miracle can happen and a sinner's heart can turn to love for God, Jesus is coming back, and Jesus will overcome Satan.

I'm already a believer, so this book just really firmed up my faith, gave me some great things to say when I witness to others, and was very encouraging. This book would be really great for an unbeliever to read, in order to learn about the great hope we all have in Jesus.

I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post, however all opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Ultra Bright 2-in-1 LED Work Light Flashlight Review #flashlight

I was able to review the Ultra Bright 2-in-1 LED Work Light Flashlight. Are you tired of fumbling around in the dark, holding a flashlight while you tackle household projects, fix things or clean thing up? Look no further as Aennon offers the best solution for your hands-free lighting!

This flashlight has 3 convenient hands-free lighting options:
1. A strong 360° rotatable swivel hook to hang your light anywhere you wish.
2. A built-in magnet allows you to stick it to any metallic surface.
3. The design allows you to set it on all sides, on any horizontal surface.

Your up-close detail work is now a breeze:
• 50 lumens of pure white light output by the long-lasting LEDs.
• 4 LED top flashlight produce 20 lumens of brightness.
• 3 Modes: 24 LED worklight- 4 LED flashlight - Off.
• Rubber plastic finish is shock-proof & water resistant.

Whether you're under the hood, under the sink, or just out in the dark, the Aennon Work Light works great for any application...It stands! It hooks! It sticks! It lights! It WORKS!

Think how much easier home or outdoor activities at night would be with bright light and two free hands. After my husband comes home from work and eats his dinner, he sometimes likes to tinker around with electronics in the garage. Since this light can go on any surface, it's easy to put anywhere in the garage my husband needs. He can use the flood light to shine a bright light on the tiny electronic parts he's working on.

Since this flashlight has a 360 degree rotatable hook, my husband can hang it anywhere in the garage and just swing it around to wherever he needs the most light.

I even used the flashlight myself to help me find a box in the garage. I cleaned out my desk drawers and have some cards from the kids and my husband that I want to save, so I needed to find the "Cards" box in the garage. I couldn't see what was written on the boxes high up on the shelves, so I used the flashlight to shine on them, and was able to find the box.

Another great thing about this LED flashlight: Why choose long-lasting LEDs? No need to change bulbs, and you save money on batteries. As a bonus, you get 3x AAA batteries FREE!

If you would like to check out this Ultra Bright 2-in-1 LED Work Light Flashlight for yourself, you can find it on

I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post, however all opinions expressed are my own.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

My Week

We had another great week of summer vacation. We didn't go anywhere, but just spending the time together is nice.

My oldest son had this week of college off. He spent most of the time in his room, where his computer and guitar are, but we did get to spend time with him at meals, so that was nice. He also spent one day with his friends, and I'm glad he was able to go have fun and relax. Tomorrow he starts the summer quarter at college.

My daughter started training at her Legoland job. The above picture is her first day working at the Legoland park. The day before, she had worked at the Legoland water park, but she didn't want me to take a picture of her in that uniform because the only size they had at the time was extra large. That shirt is so big, it's like a dress on her; I don't blame her for not wanting a picture of that. She worked 3 days this week, including one where she had to start at 5 in the morning!

My youngest son and I finished going through his school papers tub. So, his room is basically clean! The only thing we have left to do, is when it gets closer to school starting again, is go through his clothes and see what still fits and what he needs new. We had fun playing outside together this week. He finally started being able to make a basket with the basketball! I told him not to give up and keep practicing, and eventually he would make it, and he did! He wanted to stay outside and keep making baskets for a long time.

I did more catch up work this week. I finished reconciling all of my bank statements, cleaned up some of my room, and cleaned out all my desk drawers. I sent my husband some more job leads I found, but he hasn't said anything about them yet, so I haven't applied to any of them. It would be hard to find work now anyway, since my daughter is working and doesn't know her schedule much ahead of time, and my older son will be back to school, so there wouldn't be anyone left to watch my younger son if I had a job. It would be great if I could find a work at home job. One exciting thing that happened to me this week, though, is I do have a job now for the first three months of school! My daughter's sign language teacher will be on maternity leave, and they just assigned me to sub for her for those 3 months! I'm so excited! My daughter and I have been watching my old sign language videos and looking at words in my sign language dictionary, because I've been out of practice a little bit. Now, I'm just waiting for the teacher to contact me so I can look at the curriculum and find out exactly what I'll be teaching.

So, how was your week?