Thursday, May 14, 2015

Ripley's Attractions - Gatlinburg, TN

We are in full-time ministry and mission work and we are going "home" in August to visit family and friends for the first time in 15 months.  To say we are looking forward to that trip would be an understatement.  One of the other big highlights of our trip back home is that we are taking our kids to Gatlinburg, TN too!  David & I honeymooned in Gatlinburg and we went back when Abbey was 2 years old (she is 14 now) and our kids have never seen the mountains or experienced all the fun attractions in Gatlinburg.  

On our honeymoon, we went through Ripley's Haunted Adventure (think haunted house) and we were the only people that were going through it at the time so all the crazy, scary stuff happened to us.  Y'all, I was scared out of my mind!  It was an awesome haunted house though for those of you who like scary things.  I'm really excited that we will get to take our kids to visit to visit all the wonderful Ripley's attractions in Gatlinburg while we are there in August.  

You can also visit Ripley's 8 Gatlinburg Attractions! Experience 8 unique attractions including Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium, the 85,000 sq ft Aquarium of the Smokies, a 5D Moving Theater, be scared at the bone-chilling Haunted Adventure, find your way through the mind-bending Marvelous Mirror Maze, and enjoy two fully themed mini-golf courses!

I'm really excited to offer all my readers the chance to SAVE $3 Off Adult and $2 Off Child Admission to all of Ripley's Attractions in Tennessee. Use Online Promo Code: USFAMILYGUIDE.  (Tickets must be purchased online).

I can't wait to share all about your family's experiences in Gatlinburg, TN at the Ripley's attractions with you later this summer and I hope you will take time to visit all the fun in Gatlinburg too!  

Disclaimer:  This blog post is sponsored by  I am receiving complimentary tickets to Ripley's attractions in Gatlinburg, TN for this blog post.  The opinions expressed here are my own and reflect my own personal thoughts and experiences.  Your results and experiences may vary from mine.  

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Pampers UnderJams (#ConquerBedwetting)

Isn't it amazing how different our own children can be?  With our girls, bedwetting wasn't that big of an issue but when our son came along, I seriously thought he would never stop wetting the bed.  We even talked to the pediatrician about it because he was still wetting the bed at 6 and 7 years old!  With all 3 of our children, we proudly used Pampers diapers (no offense to cloth-diapering mommas) because I loved the convenience of disposable diapers and how absorbent they were.  So, it was only natural for us to choose Pampers UnderJams to help our son feel confident at night while sleeping and help prevent him wetting the bed.  Wyatt's bedwetting was so bad that he didn't like to stay at other people's houses because he was embarrassed to still be wearing UnderJams at night to keep the bed dry.  The bedwetting struggle was real in our house y'all!
Thankfully, we were able to share with Wyatt that he was not alone in the bedwetting struggle. In fact, more boys than girls are affected by this and 7-10% of children still wet the bed at age 7.  One of the keys to his success in not wetting the bed was for us to develop some good habits and routines to help him. One of our main goals was for him to not feel ashamed or embarrassed by his struggle with bedwetting. We started limiting his liquid intake after 7:00pm. That way, he wasn't filling up on juices and water right before bed.  We also made sure he went to the potty right before bed and we woke him up and made him go potty again before we went to bed (we are night owls so we typically go to bed around midnight), and we would wake him up early in the morning to go potty again. Of course, every night he wore Pamper's UnderJams!  I tend to be a "one-stop" Mom because of our busy schedule so I always bought UnderJams at Walmart because I could get groceries, hygiene products, stuff for the house, etc. in one stop.  
Pampers UnderJams offer night wear leakage protection that features a night lock ultra-absorbent core.  It contains ComfortWear quiet, cloth-like materials for privacy and a low waist so only your child knows you are wearing them under their pajamas.  Best of all, Pampers UnderJams are extremely affordable so you can not only provide your child the night time protection they need but you can also know you are getting your money's worth too.  

At, you can learn more about bedwetting, watch videos and read articles with helpful insights from Moms who are leading pediatricians who have dealt with their own children suffering from bedwetting. Pampers UnderJams is a wonderful way to give your child the confidence they need to make it through the bedwetting stage and provide them the nighttime protection they deserve.  

What is your experience, advice, or thoughts on bedwetting???

Disclaimer:  This is a compensated review as I am a blogger with Acorn Influence.  The opinions expressed here are my own and reflect our own experiences.  

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Patience Brewster: Inspiring Family Heirlooms and Traditions

I come from a family that has graciously passed down many things to me throughout my life.  Some of them were tangible items and some of them were traits and traditions.  Now that I am a Mom, I want to create some of those same type heirlooms and traditions with my own children.  Patience Brewster is a small one artist company that creates ornaments, gifts, and textiles from start to finish.   They help families create or continue family heirlooms and traditions too.  I'm excited to share with you how you can use Patience Brewster products in the home to create or continue family heirlooms and traditions.  
One of our family's biggest holiday traditions is that each child gets special Christmas ornaments each year.  When I was growing up, my parents, my maternal grandmother, and 2 of my aunts all gave me a special ornament each Christmas.  When I got married, I had enough ornaments that had been given to me over the years that at our first Christmas together, we filled a 6 1/2 foot Christmas tree with ornaments that had been given to me throughout the years!  Today, we continue on with that same tradition with our children.  We give them an ornament each year, their maternal grandparents give them an ornament, and their Aunt/Uncle give them one too.  We love the heirlooms and memories they are being given each year.  

Patience Brewster has a beautiful line of Christmas ornaments that make it easy to choose just the right ornament for that special someone.  All of their ornaments are handmade and hand-painted ensuring the utmost quality and detail.  Their designs and products cannot be found anywhere else so you know you can truly give a one of a kind ornament and fill a tree with beautiful, unique designs.  They offer mini ornaments, glass ornaments, tin ornaments, exclusive ornaments, and more!  They have a "12 Days of Christmas" collection where you can get "8 maids a milking" and "5 golden rings" for your tree.  They even have an ornament collection for all of Santa's reindeer!  Our 11 year old is really into mermaids and I love that they have several mermaid designs.  They also have ornament stands so you can display them easily too.  Patience Brewster Christmas ornaments will be cherished ornaments and gifts for years to come. 
The love of cooking and women gathering together in the kitchen to cook is another tradition that has been handed down in my family.  I can remember being a small girl and standing in a kitchen chair pulled up to the kitchen counter to "help" my Gran-Dot (my maternal grandmother) cook and bake.  She let me crack eggs into her Kitchenaid Stand Mixer and taught me how to make delicious recipes like Sour Cream Pound Cake, Chicken Divan, Homemade Peach Cobbler, and much more!  Today, I still find myself enjoying being in the kitchen.  I make weekly meal plans for our family and most every meal is homecooked at our house.  

Patience Brewster offers beautiful products for the home too!  One of my absolute favorite pieces in the entire Patience Brewster product line is the Turtle Cake Plate with Cover.  We tend to keep a homemade cake or pie in our kitchen weekly and this would be the perfect display and holder for our yummy desserts.  The intricately detailed turtle makes me smile every time I see it online and I love the whimsical nature of this beautiful piece.  My Mother has always enjoyed collecting salt and pepper shakers. She has quite a few to say the least but I already found several from Patience Brewster that I know she would thrill to have also. Patience Brewster offers incredibly beautiful pieces for your table, table runners, framed art, furniture, and more to make sure that your home has gorgeous and unique designs throughout.  
One of the things my Mom taught me that I want to pass down to my children is the importance of handwritten notes.  With the age of technology, where we tend to send emails and texts often before we pick up the phone and call someone, we are seeing less and less handwritten correspondence.  I have to admit, I use texts and emails daily too but I still make sure to send handwritten thank you notes and cards to others.  How refreshing is it it to open the mailbox and find a handwritten card mixed into your bills or junk mail?  We are trying to teach our children to send handwritten get well soon cards, sympathy cards, thinking of you cards, or thank you notes to friends and family when appropriate.  

Patience Brewster has a line of stationary that keeps the same intricately detailed artistry found in their other products.  They have Everyday Card Sampler packs, Boxed Notes, Correspondence Notes, and specialty holiday cards.  They also have a line of journals too.  

Patience Brewster has many other great products lines including figurines, purses, jewelry, hats and headbands, and more. If you are looking for the perfect gift for a friend or family member, you should check out Patience Brewster. You can also learn more about Patience Brewster or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest.  

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


As a homeschooling Mom, I am always looking for educational bargains.  That is why, I am a huge fan of Educents.  They are passionate about education and bringing you the educational products you love at prices you can afford.  We are already beginning to think about curriculum and materials for homeschooling next school year, and I have found some amazing deals and savings through Educents.  If you haven't checked them out before or if it's been awhile since you visited their site, I highly encourage you to check out Educents. Need some convincing...look at some of the great deals they offer on their site:

Melissa & Doug - Fold & Go Castle

Brain Quest Workbooks (all grades)

Nature Science Kits ($16.00 per kit) 

The Young Scientist Club: Family Science Games

......and there is MANY more deals on their website too!  
NEW TO EDUCENTS???  Create your own account now and start shopping and saving!  

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015


Having lost his faith many years ago, Detective Bill Broadly is called to investigate the disappearance of the local church’s collection plate. As he questions its various church members, rumors swirl as more congregants learn about the theft. When one unexpected church-goer confesses to stealing the funds, the confession resurrects Broadly’s views on God, and helps him see that through faith and belief there really is rebirth and redemption.

 We were really happy to get another Christian film to review as a family.  We love building our Christian DVD library and being able to share great family-friendly entertainment with others too.  Grace of God actually has a pretty interesting plot.  Without giving too much away (because I want you to have a reason to actually watch this movie), let me just tell you....Imagine an atheist detective being hired to find out who stole $30,000 from a church safe!  Of course, throughout the course of his investigation he is interviewing mostly Christian church members which brings about some quite interesting "investigative conversations".

So does the detective learn enough about God through his investigative reporting to decide to believe in God or does the situation of someone stealing money from a church safe further solidify his atheist beliefs?  Who stole the money from the church safe?   All these questions...and more....can only be answered by watching Grace of God.

Our kids (ages 9, 11, & 14) really enjoyed this movie.  The 9 year old thought it was a little "boring" because there isn't a whole lot of action in the movie since it's mostly dialogue between people but there is quite a bit of mystery and unknowns, a little romance, and great conversations about atheist vs. christianity which makes it a really great movie to watch.

Grace of God is 99 minutes long and it does not have a movie rating but I would recommend it for older kids to adults.  You can purchase Grace of God at Walmart too!  Best of all, I have a copy of Grace of God on DVD to give to one of my followers. For your chance to WIN, enter on the form below:

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.
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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Easter Stories: Classic Tales for the Holy Season GIVEAWAY

Easter time is upon us and while most of the world wants to focus on Easter pictures, the Easter bunny, Easter baskets, egg hunts, etc. sometimes we get so caught up in all the world places emphasis on at Easter that we forget the true meaning of Easter.  Don't get me wrong, when our kids were younger, we did all of those things but we always made the true focus of Easter about what is supposed to be about...Jesus! That's one reason we were happy to see the book Easter Stories:  Classic Tales for the Holy Season arrive at our house.  
About the Book:  Everyone who believes Easter is about more than Easter egg hunts will be grateful for this new anthology of short stories that illumine the true meaning of the season.  Selected for their spiritual value and literary quality, these classic tales capture the spirit of Holy Week and Easter in a way that will captivate readers of all ages.  Parents and grandparents will find that children love to hear these stories read aloud, year after year.  Easter Stories includes time-honored favorites from world-famous storytellers such as C.S. Lewis, Leo Tolstoy, Oscar Wilde as well as many you've never heard before.  
While I really enjoyed reading these short stories, I have to admit, I was a little skeptical that our children would enjoy them the way I was.  Having done mission work in Russia and Siberia, one of my favorite stories was "The Case of Rachoff" written by Karl Josef Friedrich.  We decided to use this book as the start of our homeschooling each morning.  I would read a story (or a portion of a story if they were longer) and then we would discuss it as a family.  Much to my surprise, the kids were immediately captivated by these stories and when we would read a portion of the story, their suspense would be so great for the next day to come so they could hear the continuation of the stories.  Two of their favorites were "The Church of the Washing Feet" and "A Dust Rag for Easter Eggs".  

Scattered throughout this 373 page book are beautiful illustrations of original woodcuts.  These pages are so intricately designed it feels like you could almost reach down and feel the texture.  This book could be used not only at Easter time but all throughout the year as the stories are beautiful reminders of our Christian faith.  

Easter Stories:  Classic Tales for the Holy Season is available for purchase through various retailers.  I am blessed to be able to give one of my readers their very own copy of this wonderful book!  For your chance to win, simply enter on the form below:
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The Hobbit: The Battle of the 5 Armies DVD GIVEAWAY

I have to admit, we are big fans of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies.  In fact, the last 3 years, our anniversary celebration has been to go to dinner and then see the new Hobbit movie since they released just before our anniversary each year.  This year, we were blessed to get to go see The Battle of the Five Armies with friends from church too.  That is why I'm super thrilled to be giving you the chance to win your very own BluRay copy of The Hobbit:  The Battle of the Five Armies!  
From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world.
Special Features on the Blu-Ray combo pack include: 
• New Zealand: Home of Middle-earth Part 3
• Recruiting the Five Armies
• Completing Middle-earth: A Six-Part Saga
• Completing Middle-earth: A Seventeen-Year Journey
• The Last Goodbye: Behind the Scenes
• Music Video
• Trailers
They have created a really fun app called "The Hobbit App".  Come on, haven't we all dreamed of being a hobbit and this cool app gives you the chance to find out if you are as brave as Bilbo, you can learn facts about MiddleEarth and explore the interactive map, and watch the official trailer!
According to this app, "I'm Cautious"....not as brave as Bilbo!  Which is so true because I am all for defense and standing up for what's right but let's make sure we have all the facts and the best game plan...ha!  You can purchase The Hobbit:  The Battle of the Five Armies for $24.96 from Amazon. Warner Bros. and PartnersHub have graciously offered one of my readers their very own copy of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies on BluRay!  For your chance to win, enter on the form below:
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