Friday, November 21, 2014

Creative Jayne Blog review and GIVEAWAY!


I couldn't be more thrilled today to be sharing with you a review of some products designed by my very dear friend Kayla, owner and writer of The Creative Jayne. Kayla, mama to two with one more on the way, is using her amazing talent to design and write devotionals, prayer journals, blog planners and more. You must take the time to check out her adorable blog and shop. You will fall in love with her heart for the Lord and how His beauty shines through her work. 

Here are just a few of Kayla's inspirational products. I will share with you some of my favorite features of each one below! Aren't they all just adorable?



 The Prayer Journal and Fall into His love Devotion Journal are my absolute favorites. I have been looking for something to help me stay focused and dig deeper into my prayer time with the Lord. The prayer journal is perfect for planning out who you are going to be praying for each day, week, month, and throughout the year.
 The little pocket prayer  book is great to keep in your purse or even your pocket as a daily reminder to be praying for family and friends!

I am so excited to be starting this encouraging devotional journal designed to help us fall more in love with Christ and experience His love for us as well. 

In addition to the above mentioned devotional resources, Kayla has also strategically designed a blog planner to help bloggers keep track of numbers, plan out blog posts, and stay goal oriented! Those of you who follow my blog know that I need this badly! I am so sporadic with my posts. I'm excited to have a place to collect my thoughts and plan out what I need. I also love that there is a reminder to use social media to share each post throughout the week!



Kayla is also hosting a giveaway over at her blog that she is sharing with my readers too! Visit her blog, or enter below!
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I am also excited that Kayla has offered my readers 10 % off at her shop for the next week! Take advantage of the code pictured below and have a great Thanksgiving week!
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Colossians 3:17 
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Mommy Moments #121

Welcome to Mommy Moments! Last week we had some great new link ups! Let's keep it up by sharing and promoting Mommy Moments and the wonderful community we have here! I have enjoyed getting to know all the new mamas linking up and sharing their lives with us! I can't wait to hear more from you all again this week!

Motherhood has its seriousness and frustration as well as its laughs. That's why we are here. Life is much easier when traveled with companions! So mamas, let's join together in the spirit of motherhood and share our moments together. We want to hear the happy, sad, tough, terrible, hilarious moments that make being a mother the best job in the world!

The top viewed link this week belongs to Allie from Baldwin Brood and her post 36 weeks! Check out her adorable baby bump and stop by to show her some love before she gets to meet her little guy. We are so excited for you Allie!




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The Not Quite Military Wife


 Like A Morning Cup Of Coffee


Now, link up your post!
Post can include anything related to mommy-hood, children, homemaking, pregnancy etc. If you aren't a mom yet, feel free to link up your preparation for motherhood, your journey as you try to conceive, or even a post that would be encouraging to the other moms in the party!

Then, explore some of the other posts in the link-up and say hello to some new blog friends! 


Please, pretty please, we'd love it if you would tweet or share the link up on Facebook so we can all make even more friends!
We would also love it if you could add the Mommy Moments button to your post or blog so everyone knows where you are linking up! If you are not able to copy/paste the code on your page, please e-mail one of us and we would be happy to send you the code!

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P.S. We will be having a new guest host every week! Want to be a guest host of the Mommy Moments Blog Hop? Send Faith a message at farmprincess14{at}gmail{dot}com. We would love to have you!

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Colossians 3:17 
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Better than coffee

If you are anything like this mama, you stumble into the kitchen on those early mornings and brainlessly put on a pot of coffee with a heartfelt "Thank you Jesus, Amen!"

 It's like a second nature survival habit, right? Coffee is kind of like our life source for the day. For most of us, it helps wake us up and just makes us all around nicer people. Truth.

Coffee has become a habit for me. I can tell when I haven't had it. I just don't feel right.

Another habit I have been trying to form is spending time with my Jesus. And the crazy thing is that spending time with my Lord and Savior actually has a much stronger effect on my day than my cup of coffee. Spending time with God fills me with His Spirit and changes my heart.

When I don't make time to spend in God's word every morning. I just don't feel right. 

I recently read this verse and even though I've read it countless times before, this time it meant something new to me:
John 15:5 "I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 

Apart from me you can do nothing. 


Why do we ever try to make it through the day without being connected to our vine, our life source, our Savior? Branches need the vine in order to be fruitful. In the same way, we need the Holy Spirit in our lives in order to be truly fruitful.

Devotions have always been a challenge for me. Even after writing posts about the importance of spending time with Jesus, I still have found myself in seasons where I just didn't make the time for the Lord. 

You see, I always knew it was good to spend time with the Lord every day, but I never saw it as a life-source, a necessity for daily life. Dare I say, even more important than my morning cup of coffee? Yes, much more important!

Spending time with Jesus changes us. He becomes the reason we joyfully clean up the spilled cereal on the floor, wipe the snot from our toddler's nose and tackle the mountain of dirty dishes in the sink. Only when we have taken time to be loved by our heavenly Father do we truly have love to offer others.

"The love of Christ in her heart is what overflows when a mother speaks kindly to her children even when they don't speak kindly back...The love of Christ controls us as we speak the words of the gospel of hope to our children time and time again. The love of Christ convinces mothers not to live for themselves (or their children) but to live for him, who for their sake died and was raised (2 Corinthians 5:15)" -Gloria Furman
I share this truth out of excitement for how it has changed my life...the daily monotony of life has purpose when I'm walking hand in hand with Christ. I desperately want that for each of you!

He is better than coffee...because the life and joy that comes from Him will last for eternity, no caffeine headache involved!
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Colossians 3:17 
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Cash for Christmas Giveaway!

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I am so excited to be collaborating with Tammy from My Life Abundant and Tammy from Creative K Kids to bring you this fun Christmas giveaway!
Cash for Christmas Giveaway $250
 We are so excited to be giving away $250 in cash prizes for you to use starting Thanksgiving weekend.  Here are the prizes: 1 - $100 Amazon Gift Card 1 - $50 Target Gift Card 2 - $25 Walmart Gift Card 1 - $20 Khols Gift Card
Amazing. Right? Well, whats a gift card and getting up early, early to shop if you can't focus on your shopping.   So how about we add a $5.00 Starbucks gift card to each one of the prizes above!!
But wait. There is one more prize.
1 - $5 Starbucks Gift Card
Now its time to meet our wonderful co-hosts who have made this giveaway possible.
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Starting at the top row we have:
Kim of KidPep | Jody of Mom 'N Daughter Savings | Penny of Penny's Passion | Jeanne of Home Garden Joy | Leticia of Desafio In The City | Barb of A Life in Balance | Tricia of The Good Mamma | Mary of Your Designer Dog Blog | Alecia  of Detours in Life, Family Vacay, Family Time Travelers | Katie of The Ramblings of an Overtired Mama | Michelle of On A Wing and A Prayer | Lauren of Heart of Deborah | Christine of Your Strong Tower | Lindze  of Interior Fun | Michelle of The Happiness Blogger | Stacy of A Moment in our World | Nikki of MBA SAHM | Paula of Beauty Through Imperfection | Sarah of Mommy of Two | Scarlett of Scarlett's Excellent Adventures
Please stop by and say hi to these wonderful ladies and their blogs.
The giveaway will end midnight on Wednesday, November 26th, the night before Thanksgiving.  You will have 48 hours to respond to the email claiming the prize.  If you respond right away, we will get you the gift card promptly so that you can shop with it on Black Friday!  If we don't hear in 48 hours, we will choose another winner. 
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Colossians 3:17 
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

10 Toddler outings for all seasons!


I don't know about you, but getting out of the house every now and again is good for this mama. It may seem overwhelming to try to think of somewhere to go with a busy toddler in tow, but here are a few of our favorite places to visit when we have a get-out-of-the-house kind of day!

1. The Library. 
My two year old LOVES the library. Not only is there story time 2x a week, a play and learn program on Fridays, but there is a plethora of books for her to read. Being at the library can occupy her for hours! It's a great place to go if I just need to relax and want my daughter to be doing something educational.

2. Children's Museum. 
Not every town has them, but most bigger cities have a children's museum packed with activities to keep your child busy. Your toddler is sure to love all the artsy activities, music rooms, and playing with all the other crazy children running around in there.

3. The Zoo.
Even in the winter, most Zoo's have indoor sections where you can still visit some animals. 

4. The Mall.
Just don't have high expectations to be doing any shopping! Our mall has a carousel and a play place for kids. I also love to just put my daughter in her stroller and get some exercise as she people watches/creeps!

5. The Park.
Even on chilly days, my daughter loves to bundle up and play at the park. We don't stay as long, but it helps get some of her pent up energy out!

6. An Inflatable Factory.
Our small town actually has 3 different inflatable places that you can bring your kids to jump and play. They are indoor with blow up slides, trampolines, toys and more! They can be a little more expensive, but your toddler is sure to have a blast! Even mom can join in the fun!

7. Pet Store.
Whenever I'm taking my toddler on a shopping outing, we try to make a quick stop by the pet store so she can see the puppies, kitties, bunnies and more. She LOVES it! I know it won't be long before she's trying to convince me that she needs to bring all the animals home with her!

8. The Lake/River
If you live by a lake, a river, or even close to a pond, pack a picnic and bring some extra bread for the ducks. Kids love water and there's something relaxing about it for mama as well!

9. Backyard.
If you have a backyard, just let your child explore, find cool leaves, pick up sticks, catch toads, eat bugs, and get dirty! It's so good when kids get out and learn to use their imagination to make fun!


10. The Theater. 
I know you're thinking yeah right, but a lot of theaters have discount kid's movies during the day for just a couple dollars. That way if your toddler doesn't make it through the movie, you aren't really out too much. You might be surprised by how a big screen can keep your toddler captivated for a good while!

*Bonus idea: During the Christmas season, take your kids to the local Menards or other stores with Christmas displays and walk them through the wonderland of lights, trees and Christmas decorations, then come home and let your toddler "help" you put up some lights to get you in the Christmas spirit :)

What are your favorite toddler outings?  Check out the other mama's blogs for their ideas  And be sure to link up with us below if you also have a post on this topic. 
In the difficulty of motherhood, it's so important to find other mamas to relate to.  Toddlers can be a handful and leave you wondering what to do next.  This series is here to help you navigate through toddlerhood while being able to relate to other mamas going through the same thing.  We may not always know what we are doing but we give it our best shot anyway.  Come back each week to check out our new topic and read along with the other hosts of our One Year and Beyond series!
 
Oct 2:     Toddler Diaper Bag Essentials 
Oct 9:     Learning to love your post-pregnancy body
Oct 16:   Busy Toddler Activities
Oct 23:   Keeping in Shape While Caring for a Toddler
Oct 30:   Sick Day Tips
Nov 6:    How to Not Lose Your Patience with your Toddler
Nov 13:  Favorite Toddler Outings
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And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

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