Monday, February 28, 2011

Musical Monday

Jars of Clay is coming to my church at the end of next month (with Derek Webb, Matt Maher & Audrey Assad -- squee!). I've not seen Jars of Clay live in a long time and I'm really looking forward to it.

In preparation, I've been listening to their most recent album The Shelter a bit in the car. Now I absolutely ADORED Good Monsters and Long Fall Back to Earth pretty much out of the gate. I had favorites from those cds on first listens. But this one has taken a bit longer to grow on me.

Nevertheless, as I've listened, I've found that several of the songs are really moving me. And the one that has really grabbed me (and you'll know why as soon as you read the lyrics) is the title track, Shelter. Yet another reminder that we need one another and that one of the greatest gifts we can give to one another is the gift of relationship.


To all who are looking down
Holding onto hearts still wounding
For those who’ve yet to find it
The places near where love is moving

Cast off the robes you’re wearing
Set aside the names that you’ve been given
May this place of rest in the fold of your journey
Bind you to hope, you will never walk alone

In the shelter of each other, we will live, we will live
In the shelter of each other, we will live, we will live
Your arms are all around us

If our hearts have turned to stone
There is hope, we know the rocks will cry out
And the tears aren’t ours alone
Let them fall into the hands that hold us

Come away from where you’re hiding
Set aside the lies that you’ve been living
May this place of rest in the fold of your journey
Bind you to hope that we will never walk alone

If there is any peace, if there is any hope
We must all believe, our lives are not our own
We all belong
God has given us each other
And we will never walk alone




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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sunny Sunday Giveaway Link-Up! (2/27)

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Sappy Saturday



Early last month I wrote a bit about birth and about how I don't like waiting for things.

Well, at least one of the things that I've been waiting to share with you is now available for sharing! Hooray!

I have made no secret that depression is something that I live with off and on. And as a result, I was able to start the Not Alone series, where people have shared their own struggles with depression and anxiety. I'm so grateful to those who have shared here and on my new blog.

So I'm thrilled to share with you that the Not Alone series is being turned into a book!

I will be working with Jonathan Brink of Civitas Press to make the Not Alone series into a one of their community project. I have a piece in their first community project (The Practice of Love) and I love what they're doing over there. It's very exciting to me to be a part of what Civitas is doing.

If you have considered writing for the Not Alone series, you can head over to the project page and you can download the project document. It has all of the information that you need to make a submission. Please let us know if you're interested in having it as a part of the blog series as well. I would also really appreciate it if you would consider sharing this information with others. You can tweet about it (please use the hashtag #NotAlone if you do), share on Facebook, or share the link with anyone who might be have a story of their own to share.

Thank you so much for your support. This is a really exciting thing that I believe will have an opportunity to help a number of people.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Giveaway: TCM 31 Days of Oscar -- Sahara

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I love movies. Even when I watch television, it's mostly movie channels because there's nothing quite like a good story told well to make me happy. Or sad. Or whatever emotion it is that the story is trying to convey.

And yes, while I like a lot of popular movies, I'm always happy when Oscar season rolls around because I like my share of serious films as well. I'm definitely a Netflix person, so I generally tend to see Oscar nominees after they've left the theater (every once in a while I'll catch one when it's still out, but well, I'm cheap and going to the theater is not).

31 days, oscar, tcm31 days, oscar, tcmIf you're a movie hound like me,  you are no doubt aware of Turner Classic Movies' 31 Days of Oscar. It runs from February 1 through March 3 and during it, they show a number of Oscar winning and Oscar nominated movies. Some of my favorites still to come are Silence of the Lambs and One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest. You can head here to find the full list of movies playing or check out this awesome widget.



Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is getting trivial with its annual 31 DAYS OF OSCAR® festival in February. The 2011 edition of the month-long event will feature more than 340 Academy Award®-nominated and winning movies, scheduled in trivia-inspired marathons. In addition, each night will feature a Best Picture Oscar winner at 10 p.m. (ET).

TCM host Robert Osborne, who is also the official biographer of the Academy Awards and the Academy's red carpet greeter, will host 31 DAYS OF OSCAR, which will mark its 17th year on Turner Classic Movies. The 2011 edition will feature several high-profile films making their debuts on TCM, including three Best Picture winners: Cavalcade (1933), Amadeus (1984) and Forrest Gump (1994). The month also includes the TCM debuts of the blockbusters Pretty Woman (1990) and Thelma & Louise (1991), as well as outstanding dramas like Hugh Hudson's Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984), Hector Babenco's Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985), Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing (1989) and Michael Mann's Ali (2001).

Several excellent actress showcases are planned for TCM for the first time, including Janet Gaynor in Street Angel (1928), Ingrid Bergman in Joan of Arc (1948) and The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958), Marilyn Monroe in Bus Stop (1956), Julie Andrews in Star! (1968) and Cathy Burns in Last Summer (1969). Also, such international classics as Hiroshi Teshigahara's Woman in the Dunes (1964), Constantine Costa-Gavras' Z (1969), Jean-Charles Tacchella's Cousin, Cousine (1975), Jean-Paul Rappeneau's Cyrano de Bergerac (1990) and Krzysztof Kieslowski's Three Colors: Red (1994) will come to TCM for the first time.

Among the month's many interesting marathons are a collection of films starring Jack Nicholson, the most nominated performer of all time; four films that received nominations in all four acting categories; an entire day featuring all ten Best Picture nominees for Hollywood's Golden Year, 1939, including Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz; a day of romantic comedies on Valentine's Day; a night of Oscar firsts; a slate of films that earned Best Director nominations but failed to earn Best Picture nods; and a night of films that earned participants posthumous nominations.

The Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented live on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

Win it: TCM has graciously offered a copy of the movie Sahara to 31 days, oscar, tcm31 days, oscar, tcmtwo of my lucky readers! This contest is open to residents of the US who are 18 and older.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Review: dug (down under gear)


We just celebrated Valentine's Day last week and I've got to tell you, that one seems like it was made a lot more for the ladies than the guys. Which is really unfortunate because we women should be just as generous with our gift giving.

If you're thinking that you'd like to find something nice to get the man in your life, let me recommend dug (down under gear) products.

We received one of the sheer black muscle t-shirts and a pair of black boxer briefs. I've got to say that I've never felt material quite like the shirt. It is absolutely some of the softest, lightest material I've ever encountered. I've run it through the wash a few times and haven't noticed any fading or shrinking.

The boxer briefs are really wonderful also. The material is a bit thicker. Like the shirt, I haven't noticed any shrinking or fading of the material. Both are tagless, so there's the added comfort of not having a scratchy tag bothering your man.

dug items are all made here in the US, which I really appreciate. I also love that the company lend support to events that raise awareness and funds for Sickle Cell Anemia and Breast Cancer. So not only can you know that you're getting quality, sexy gear for the man in your life, you can also know that your purchase is going to help worthy causes.

You can purchase these items and a number of others at duglife.com. Maybe give your husband a little something just for fun!

Disclosure: I received several items for review, however my opinions are 100% my own. You can read my full disclosure here

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Winner: SkinMD Natural

Time to announce another winner! Sorry for the delay. I meant to draw this yesterday and, well, time just got away from me. But here we go!

The winner of the bottle of Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion was #46, Cowboys Wife!

I have sent her an email letting her know and she has 48 hours to respond.

Please check out the other giveaways posted and stay tuned -- several more giveaways on the way later this week!






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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sunny Sunday Giveaway Link-Up! (2/20)

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Review & Giveaway: Tiecoon.com Silk Tie

Sponsored by Tomoson.comJust this past weekend, Jason had a ceremony at school to salute his academic achievements. His grades are really fantastic and he received a certificate from the dean. I'm all super proud of him for all of his accomplishments.

That said, his job hasn't required him to wear a tie for a while, so we had to go digging for something nice for him to wear. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to review a tie from tiecoon.com so we were in good shape!

Tiecoon.com offers really inexpensive silk ties. They have hundreds of woven Jon vanDyk ties that are only $5. They also have extra long ties that are $8 and all of their silk ties are just $10 each.

It's a great company because in addition to great ties at a low price, they also donate ties to different organizations that have a need. If you know of an organization that could use ties, you can apply at their website. Also, this company offers a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. A company that is willing to back up their product like this is a really great thing, in my opinion. Of course, their ties are really fantastic and I think that you'll be really pleased with them!

Buy it: You can head over to tiecoon.com and order ties starting at only $5!

Win it: Tiecoon.com has generously offered a free tie to one lucky reader. This contest is open worldwide!

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Tomoson Product review & giveaway Disclosure.

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Review & Giveaway: Pear Tree Save the Date Cards & $20 Gift Card

I know that it's closing in on wedding season because as the person who does booking for our band, I'm getting more emails and calls lately about weddings. And with Valentine's Day just behind us, there were no doubt a large number of recent engagements.

Pear Tree Greetings knows this, which is why they have a line of beautiful save the date cards now available. These are so nice because, like so many of Pear Tree's cards, these are very customizable. They have a number of different styles, ranging from formal to very informal. And since you can choose what photo to include, you can add your own personal flair to whatever style you choose.

They also have a really unique item with their save the date magnets. If you're looking for a really interesting way to announce your wedding date, this is a fun way to do it. A lot of people will use a magnet to hold the save the date card, so this just cuts out the middle man! They have 19 different designs available and you can purchase them in sets of eight, depending on your needs.

Buy it: Be sure to shop the Pear Tree Promo Code page for the latest discounts and promotions on everything from Graduation Invitations, Wedding Collection and even a code valid on ANY purchase. 


Win it: Pear Tree Greetings is giving away a $20 gift code good for any item in their store to one lucky reader! This is open to residents of the US ages 18 and older.


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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Review: DuWop Cosmetics

I have a new sponsor here on the blog! You'll be seeing a giveaway from Apothica shortly, but today I wanted to let you know about one of the brands that they sell on their site.

DuWop cosmetics is a great line cosmetics from makeup artist Christina Bartolucci. She created the first line of lip plumpers, which she named Lip Venom. These use essential oils of cinnamon, ginger and wintergreen to plump the lips and give them that full, just-kissed look. And since it has no irritating chemicals, this plumper is wonderful for people who are looking to have sexy, luscious lips without sacrificing skin health to get them.

I'm especially interested in the DuWop Twilight Venom. It's a dark red lip plumper. I admit, I could take or leave the books and movies (my daughter would disagree with me on that, but nevertheless!), but this lip plumper looks absolutely fantastic. I'm a sucker for red lipsticks and the addition of a plumper in this looks just perfect for me (I was not blessed with my youngest sister's super gorgeous full lips).

DuWop also has a full line of blush, eyeshadow, foundation, and other makeup essentials. They include a number of natural ingredients and are good for all skin-types. As someone with sensitive skin, I appreciate any cosmetic product that includes natural ingredients that lend themselves toward being irritant-free. Because let's be honest, irritated skin is not particularly glamorous. And if I'm going to the trouble of getting myself all dolled up, I'm probably trying for at least a little bit of glamor.

You can check out DuWop makeup at Apothica.

Disclosure: I received a $10 gift card for writing this post and am hoping to win some products from DuWop. That said, all opinions are entirely my own. If I do win, be sure to check back for another review! Read my full disclosure here.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Review: JimmyJane Afterglow Candle from EdenFantasys

Sex toys - EdenFantasys adult toys storeOne of my favorite methods of foreplay is sensual massage. The feel of skin-on-skin helps you to connect to your partner in a really fantastic way. The JimmyJane Afterglow Candle is a lovely way to make this special because it is both a candle and a massage oil. The flickering candlelight helps to set the mood and the musky vanilla scent adds to the ambiance. This isn't so much for the quickies, but if you're looking to spend some time exploring your partner's body, sensual massage is wonderful and I found the Afterglow candle to be really helpful. The Afterglow candle is free of paraffin and dye and has a lead-free wick. It also has no phthalates, parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals and animal products which means that it should be acceptable for most skin types.


When you light the candle, it takes about 30 minutes for the candle to melt into a massage oil. When the oil has melted, you blow out the candle and pour the oil directly onto your partner. I was concerned that it might be too hot, but honestly, it was very nice. The texture of the oil was really delightful and it worked well as a massage oil. It moved silkily over the skin and a little bit went a long way. I didn't find that I needed to add tons of oil to my husband in order to have a nice massage. It didn't leave any kind of sticky residue and it soaked into the skin well. I didn't find that it stained our sheets in any way. The scent was very nice, both in the room and on the skin later. It was a bit muskier than a normal scented candle, but I didn't find that it was tremendously overpowering.


It does take a while for the oil to melt, particularly in the cold weather. I would be interested to see how it holds up in warmer weather. After about half an hour, we were able to use the oil. I loved that we didn't need to use very much for a nice massage and that it soaked into the skin well. I didn't find any need to wash the product off because it soaked into the skin well, but if you don't care for the lingering scent, I could see wanting to remove it.


This product was a bit pricey, which to me is the biggest turn-off and why this is something that I would use a little less frequently than I might like. But if you're looking for a way to add a little spice to your relationship, I would recommend checking this out. 

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sunny Sunday Giveaway Link-Up! (2/13)

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Winner: Alight.com giveaway!

Winner time!

The winner of the alight.com giveaway was #33, Toni!

I have sent her an email and she will have 48 hours to respond. Thanks to all who entered! Be sure to check out the other two giveaways that are running right now and stay tuned for a few more going up this week.

Have a great weekend!



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Friday, February 11, 2011

Review & Giveaway: Cover Your Hair

I have been a hat person for as long as I can remember. One of my most horrifying moments as a child is remembering when my middle sister took one of my favorite hats that my grandmother owned and threw it into the fire in a game of keep-away. I wept over that hat. Truly, I just love hats and wear them every chance I get (if you keep track of my profile pics, I'm nearly always wearing some kind of head covering).

So when I was approached by Cover Your Hair to review one of their products, I was super excited!

This site is absolutely fantastic. They have just about any kind of hair accessories you could want. I chose one of their Three Button hats to review. I've been looking for a new cap and this one was perfect.

The material is 100% polyester and the hat fits snugly and comfortably. And it looks absolutely ADORABLE. Even my 12 year old daughter, who is (as all seventh graders are) the fashion maven agrees that it's a stylish, cute hat.

If you're not as much a hat person, they still have lots of other items. They have headband bandanas, Israeli tichels, baby headbands, and baby hats. They even have items like combs and hair rollers, so really just about anything you could want for your head needs. And everything is very reasonably priced, so you will be able to find what you need easily and at little cost to you.

Buy It: You can buy the fantastic hat that I received here for just $14.49.

Win It: CoverYourHair.com has graciously offered one of my readers a free $25 box of surprise hair accessories! This contest is open world wide!

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Review & Giveaway: Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion

The cold, dry weather has been in full force. We've had a pretty good cold snap for the past few days and when I have to run the heater like that, it generally means sucking all of the moisture out of the air around here and out of my skin. Add to that constant hand washing due to colds and germs that love to flourish and my skin is all rough and sand-papery. Not attractive. And really not comfortable. Dry, dead skin just hurts after a while.

Fortunately, I received a sample of Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion a few weeks ago and it has been helping combat that dry, scaly skin!

The primary thing that I like about this lotion is that it bills itself as safe for all areas of the body, and that is absolutely true. I've used it on my arms, legs, hands and face and have not noticed it being greasy or leaving any kind of unwelcome residue behind. I've never found a moisturizer that could actually work on my upper arms (where the really scaly, gross skin likes to live) and my face. So that alone is a reason to try this out. As a fairly simple person when it comes to cosmetics, the fewer steps in my routine, the better!

I also really appreciate that this skin care product is made in the United States using 100% solar power. The product contains no animal products and was not tested on animals and is completely vegan. It always makes me happy to be able to review items that can be used by ALL of my readers, especially when they are a high-quality product like this!

This product works a bit differently from traditional moisturizers. A shielding lotion does the real work to prevent dry skin in two ways.

First, it assists the inner layers of skin to absorb moisture. The humectant (an ingredient that attracts moisture) used in Skin MD Natural is unique to it and has been laboratory tested to be 6 times more effective than any other you will find in common creams.

Second, a shielding lotion enhances the power of the top layer of the skin to resist environmental irritants while protecting the inner natural moisture.

This can be a big benefit for those who cook, wash dishes and garden because Skin MD Natural helps skin retain its natural moisture and oils in the face of all those irritating soaps and chemicals.

I have been very happy with the results that I've had and I would happily recommend this product to others.

Try It: You can try a sample of Skin MD Natural by clicking here.

Buy It: You can purchase a 4 oz. bottle of Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion for $18 here.

Win It: One lucky reader will win a bottle of Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion! Winner must be 18 and older and live in the United States.

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Monday, February 07, 2011

Musical Monday

I'm going to cheat a little bit today and post something that is not strictly musical.

Okay, it's not really musical at all. Though they do both sing rather frequently in their videos.

I'm talking about RobandBeckiReadStuff.

Seriously, I am dying over these videos.

Becki and I were tight back in elementary school. We would swing or climb the awesome jungle gym or play on the death spinner merry-go-round and sing songs from Oklahoma together. We then went to different high schools and just didn't hang out any more.
For serious, you're missing moments like this when you don't watch.

We reconnected a few years ago on Facebook and seriously, her status updates probably get a larger percentage of likes from me than just about anyone else. And I probably only like half as many as I actually like, because if I liked all of them, people might think I'm just a creepy stalker. (I prefer my stalking to be seen as cute and endearing.)

Anyway, she and her friend Rob have been doing a new web show where they read stuff from the internet. Basically they find a humor site and do dramatic readings from it. They did a series from DamnYouAutoCorrect.com which was really fantastic and now they're reading from McSweeneys.net (which, if you haven't been to either of these sites, you are seriously missing out). They've also branched out and have started offering advice, which is a brilliant mixture of humor and seriousness.

Truly, these are some of the best 10-15 minute bits of my week.

Sadly, I cannot find a way to embed any of their videos here, but you can go to their Facebook page and watch to your heart's content. Become their friend so you don't miss any new videos.

You WILL be entertained, I totally promise.

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Winners: Handmade With Love & Make Your Own Candy Kit

Time for more winners! Hooray!

The winner of the Handmade with Love Winter Giveaway contest (necklace from Cut Your Heart Out and some handmade items from me) was #56, Kats7960.








The winner of the Glee Gum Make Your Own Candy Kit was #8, Hiccupapparel.








Both of the winners have been contacted by email and will have 48 hours to claim their prize. Congratulations to our winners and thanks to all who entered! Several new giveaways being posted this week, so stay tuned! Have a great day!


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Sunday, February 06, 2011

Handmade With Love Winter Giveaway Hop! (Feb. 2-6)

Welcome to the Handmade with Love Winter Giveaway Hop! I'm so glad you stopped by!





Handmade with Love Winter Giveaway


The sponsor for this giveaway is Jessica from Cut Your Heart Out handmade jewelry. She is offering one of her beautiful necklaces to one lucky winner. I love Jessica's store because she has gorgeous items and she doesn't charge an arm and a leg for them. Here are a few examples of her work:
My Heart is Rubber & You Are Glue ($10.00)
Lost & Found ($8.00)

Additionally, I will be throwing in a few of my own handmade items. I do crochet and knit, so you'll get an assortment of items (hat, slippers, dishcloths, wrisites -- it's all game, but expect at least 3 different items, and probably more!).

This contest is open to folks in the US only. Thanks for stopping by!

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