Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Check Out DC Kids Super Hero Creator and #WIN! #Sponsored #Giveaway

Superheroes are EVERYWHERE! There has even been talk of my little princess going as a girl version of a superhero for Halloween. If you could create your ultimate super hero with a fun name, look, powers and more what/who would you be? Actually, why don't you just go to this link and create it now! Here is mine. I have the ability of FLIGHT- I think that might help me get to all the places I need to be much much faster! And I kind of like that my name RED SAGE is a disguise for who I really am. Like the bubble gum? LOL. This was fun!

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

The Adventures of Pajama Girl and the Coronation of the Cupcake Queen Review

I am ALWAYS looking for cute girly books for Miss K to read independently. If your girl is like mine she loves her pajamas. A book about pajamas, imagination, and teaches a lesson is a TRIPLE SCORE in my favor when it comes to my little girl reading.

Life lesson in this book:

Thou shall not steal. Exodus 20:15

About the Book: 

The Adventures of Pajama Girl and the Coronation of the Cupcake Queen by Sandra Hagee Parker is a cute, illustrated story about a girl's imagination and her magical pajamas. In this adventure, Ellie's cupcake pajamas pave the way for she and her Sis to take a journey to a land filled with all kinds of sweet treats. Their journey quickly turns into an adventure to help the Cupcake Queen find the missing sprinkles needed for her coronation ceremony. In searching for the missing sprinkles, Ellie and Sis uncover a life lesson that is important for every child to learn.

This book is appropriate for ages 4-8. Although, I will tell you younger kids WILL sit and listen and look through the beautifully illustrated pages. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a special little one or growing girl in their lives. 

You can visit for free downloads and more Pajama Girl fun. 

Hardcover, 32 pages
Publisher: Worthy Kids (March 3, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1617954721
ISBN-13: 978-1617954726
Available at Amazon.

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Check Out LEGO Scooby Doo on YouTube and #WIN! #Sponsored #Giveaway

Okay, so I never realized just ALL the things that were on YouTube until recently. We cut the cord. You know the cable one, and invested in a Roku. One of the channels we downloaded is of course the YouTube channel. Not only do we get to watch all the videos that I have uploaded of my family, but we have been learning some crazy dance moves lately- there has even been talk of a Crow Christmas Video instead of a card this year. Hmmmm...

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

5 Minutes with Jesus by Sheila Walsh

Y'all. I bring it ALL on myself the questions I am about to ask. When does the wife, mom of 2- a basketball player and dancer, babysitter of 3, church volunteer, dance volunteer, and PTA President find time to get things done? When you get yourself into as much as I have managed to bite off lately some things tend to slip- like blogging. When do I find time to get into the word? When do I find time to make my day matter? How do I let my light shine? I confess it is HARD. When one of the companies I blog for sent me book review selections this summer, 5 Minutes with Jesus: Making Today Matter by Sheila Walsh stood out.

Take a look at the following video by Sheila. 

I'm a HUGE Sheila fan, I was even before I saw her at a Women of Faith tour here in Tulsa several years ago. My daughter and I adore her Gigi: God's Little Princess children's books. In some of the material I was sent regarding the book, Sheila writes, "How can we walk through the craziness with Jesus? I know it seems like we don't really have timer for one more thing. But I also know that God's time isn't like ours, and when we give Him our time, He can do more with us in five minutes than if we spent five hours on our own."  Wow! That is BIG. 

So, as I begin my journey in this book, I want to invite one of my LOCAL community friends/family to join me. I HAVE A COPY TO GIVEAWAY. This means a local peer that I interact with, whether it be school, church, dance, basketball or PTA- just ANYONE I come into contact with. A peer that when they receive  book we can encourage one another to take five minutes. This giveaway opportunity will last approximately 24 hours and then I will let Rafflecopter pick for me. You can also get your very own copy here

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Dancing Through Life by Candace Cameron Bure & Erin Davis Review

Growing up in a small town Southern Baptist church, I was taught or at least I learned through the example of the Christians that surrounded me that in the church I wasn't supposed to do a few things.

Raise my hands in worship.

Now, I'm going to tell you my thoughts on the first two without a lot of elaboration. You can drink. Jesus did. But Jesus did not drink to get drunk. He was a very responsible guy and a great example. As far as hand raising, I now do it. When I get into the worship mode I want to praise my LORD. The Holy Spirit just moves me. Dancing. Okay, seriously. Some Christians can REALLY dance, some of us can just move our bodies in the rhythm of the music, there are some who should just tap their foot to the beat, and we all know some that should probably take two steps back, cover it up, and get to confession. Get me?

Let them praise His name with dancing and make music to Him with tambourine ad lyre. Psalm 149:3

I have been following Cameron Cameron Bure a lot the past few years. She was one of my favorite childhood stars and its VERY nice to see those stars grow up to be actors in wholesome Hallmark shows and the follow their lives on reality tv shows such as Dancing with the Stars and now The View.

This summer, I had the opportunity to review the very book in which Candace shares her journey as she shares how she found the courage to stand with conviction on one of the largest platforms of her life- Dancing Through Life: Steps of Courage and Conviction by Candace Cameron Bure & Erin Davis.

"Candace Cameron Bure has grown up before our eyes and we’ve watched as she’s balanced life in Hollywood with her faith for many years. But that all reached new heights when she was given the opportunity to join the cast of Dancing With the Stars. Being on the show was one of her dreams come true; and with that dream came the opportunity to display her Christian faith in front of millions of people, through an intense season of stretching beyond her limits, and to run the race God gave her with joy and perseverance."

Y'all this book. Is good. Got a teen daughter? Read it with her. I absolutely loved throughout the book how she talked about modesty on the show, How yes, she is/was a sexual woman, but that certain things are reserved for her husband only of 18 years. Talk about standing for Christ. Talk about letting her light shine.

How have you stood up for conviction lately in your life? Life isn't easy. Life is full of judgmental choices. For me lately it is just to love others as Christ has loved us. Hate the sin, but love the sinner. So much easier said than done. Forgiveness has been a huge conviction for me and one that Satan continues to throw at me.

You can get your copy here!

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Back to School with a Printable

We are Back to School.

One week into the 2015-16 school year. WHEW. That first week always seems to be the toughest. 

The back to school pictures were taken. 

The classes were found- especially when you start a high school that houses almost 1300 Freshman.

The bus routes were a success. 

Two PTA meetings down, YAY Mrs. President! 

Basketball practices have begun. 

Mom's Taxi Service has commenced with ZERO tips. 

Only one class schedule change. And it was just a flip flop, same classes different hours. 

A new church year started. Classes and Services were changed. And yes, it is a change for us. Lots of new faces. Change is good. 

My "little" man allowed me ONE more year of first day bus stop pictures. One of my friends from church stopped me and told me that she used him as a shining example for her 8 year old.

Word of advice boys: You will always be your Moma's baby boy. Let her take that picture. My favorite picture quote is from the movie Safe Haven- 2013.
"Take a lot of photos. You will only regret the ones you didn't take." 

I love taking pictures of their new shoes and gear. Their feet grow so much, just like they do. Why yes. That is an $80 backpack. WHAT?!?! I admit it. I did it. Only I got it for $60. And you better believe I paid to have it embroidered with his name. It has a place for the basketball equipment and a special pocket for the ChromeBook that the school district blessed ALL Freshman with this year. He doesn't have a locker, so this backpack will be well worth the moolah, hopefully for all of high school.

Miss K. What can I say. Of all the shots I took this ended up being my favorite. Her sweet but sassy personality! The first day of school was an unseasonable cool August morning in Oklahoma, so she got to wear one of her favorite accessories- her jean jacket. She is growing up fast. In the past week I have only been allowed to fix her hair two times. Don't you just love her Rustic Cuff bracelet. We have matching ones, She wears her Cate and knows that I am wearing my Catherine and thinking of her while she is away from me. Such a cute idea. 

See. Shoes and backpack. We are all about our Chuck's this Fall. And my girl and her Vera. She truly is Sassy and Trendy. I am in trouble. Good thing I know how to "shop".

Miss K took this gift for her teacher on the first day of school. Cake balls in a jar. Did you know that if you don't have chalkboard vinyl you can make it yourself? It will probably wash off, but it made the effect I wanted. I had an Avery label and cut it the shape I wanted with my Cricut, the used chalkboard paint. Then we used this printable that I made last year. You can download here

So. How is your Back to School going so far?

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

My Boy

Today we picked up his school schedule. The sign inside the entry way said welcome Class of 2019. The schedule we picked up marked another milestone for him. For me. His high school years are about to begin in only 9 days. 

My boy is a Freshman. Where has the time gone? My boy who has served as a life changer for me in so many ways. Ways he may never understand. You see there was a time when it was just he and I, and then another time when it was just the two of us again. He prayed. Then there was three. Then came four. Then we were complete. 

My boy. My big hearted boy. So talented, so patient. Patient with everyone but his little sister. I'm told that is normal. Did I mention talented? His love for sports, especially basketball is going to take him far. Between the love of the game and his love for Christ.  I pray that his life experiences are well learned lessons. Lessons that one day can mentor those from similar situations. He will be an excellent teacher. An excellent coach and mentor. 

My boy makes me proud each day. There will be lots of growing for both of us in the next four years. Four years that I have to hold him as close as he will allow and cherish each precious moment. Four years to call him my baby boy even though at  almost 6'2" and 187lbs he is far from a baby. My boy will forever be my pride and joy, this Moma's baby boy. 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

My Girl

In 10 days my girl starts third grade. Her new school box is bought, yes it is pink on top and ready to be filled with new crayons, markers, glue, and scissors. She picked out her second brand new backpack of her school career, a Vera Bradley. My girl loves her some Vera patterns, especially in hues of purples and pinks. It is currently at the embroidery shop awaiting the perfect stitches of the seven letters that make up her name. Her school clothes are bought. Styles ranging from athletic to casual dressy. Her favorite accessories are probably the black slip-on Converse Chuck Taylor's and new undergarments she picked out. My girl may just follow in her Moma's footsteps in that area- I got Chuck's also! 

My girl is growing up. Third grade pressures will be here soon enough. She knows. I know. But we are not going to focus on what we know is to come at the end of her third grade year. The single tests that determine whether or not she and her friends continue on to fourth grade with their other friends who pass the tests. Math and reading, how we love you, but you aren't fun anymore. It's not your fault. It's certainly not our teachers or students fault, but rather the lawmakers. 

My baby girl is no longer a baby. We choose to focus on what must be done today and will take each day of third grade as it comes. Today, ten days before she becomes an official third grader she put on her ballet leotard for the first time with Nair Baby Soft legs. She fixes her own hair now, and even figured a way to get a pink streak in it this past weekend. Thankfully it wasn't permanent. Thankfully I still get to do all ballet buns. 

Her imagination is infinite. Her generosity is great. No life is untouched by the impression she makes. I pray she will always carry the light she has now. Even though I wish I could slow down time, I look forward to seeing my girl grow even more.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Chunky Mustard Potato Salad Recipe

Summer is in full heat here in Oklahoma. You can probably tell due to my lack of posts lately. Sorry. Actually I'm not. Lack of posts for my family blog means that I am probably just getting in some quality family time and refreshing myself for more great content later. So far this summer- 33 days so far- we have:

1. Spent days admitted in the hospital (me). Looks like I will be having surgery in late summer. Diverticulitis is not fun. We were supposed to have gone to South Dakota the week I was in the hospital, but that didn't get to happen.
2. B spent time at Papa & Nana's playing with cousins.
3. B went to basketball camp.
4. B went to another basketball camp.
5. Miss K started Sleeping Beauty practice.
6. B started lifting weights and open gym time at school.
7. Swimming.
8. Working only three days/week.
9. PTA preparation.
10. EATING- oh my goodness these kids are eating me out of house and home. Anyone else experiencing the empty pantry syndrome after spending $160 only five days before?

How many hot dogs, corn dogs, PB&J, and boxes of mac & cheese will be consumed this summer?

Will Reasors please have a 12 hours sale every Saturday?

Tonight I made "mustard potatoes" for the family. Really B? Thanks. That sounds so appetizing. Okay, it was a side dish. I really made brisket. Then added the potato salad, pork n beans, and corn on the cob. I love summer dinners.

A lot of people do not know how to make mustard potato salad. Seriously. They like to go "buy" it. To me that is just shocking and a waste of money. Here is my recipe. Let me know if you make it!

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Father's Day 2015

Ten Years of Father's Days. 

This man of mine celebrates ten years of Father's Days today because he became the man he didn't have to be, and became the man God wanted him to be. A Daddy to B in 2005, then in 2007 became the Daddy of a GIRL! We love you more and more each day. Thank you for living, laughing, learning and loving with us each and every day! 

We love you, Happy Father's Day!

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Check Out the New YouTube Channels from DCKids & Warner Bros & Win! #Sponsored

Have you seen the videos from DCKids & Warner Bros' new YouTube channels? If you are a Super Hero obsessed family check them out! With summer right around the corner, this will become one thing to add to the summer to do list. There are lots of favorites such as Batman Unlimited, DC Super Friends and Scooby-Doo! There will be many more updates over the next year, so don't forget to subscribe to their channels!

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My son was obsessed with Batman when younger and still has to watch when he can. I can't wait to show him these channels. Since I have been looking through pictures this week in honor of mine and my husband's ten year wedding anniversary, here is my son's Halloween picture from 2005. How adorable was he? When did he grow up?  He just had to have that light up Dark Knight Batman costume.

Are you ready to see the playlists? Here is the Batman playlist. Let me know what you think.

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Ten Years of Wedded Bliss

Jason and I celebrated our TEN year anniversary yesterday. If you are any friend of mine you already know because of the countless posts on Facebook and Instagram.

May 19, 2005

 I posted a 10 picture slide show of us at 4:30 am so he could see it as soon as he got to work. It contained the following three slides.

I loved this slide and it really surprised him. Throughout this blog I have documented our stories. The story of how we met. Our engagement story. Our wedding story. After all this is what this blog is all about. Our family: living, laughing, learning and loving. 

I found myself humming a little Shania over the past few weeks. Romantic, huh?

He asked me how I figured all those hours and minutes. Thank you Pinterest. LOL!

I made a cake. A bundt cake. Our son was rather upset that he couldn't dig in as soon as he got home from school. Funny story. I ran to the store to get a can of frosting for this cake. I decided to make a glaze instead. Canned frosting may never be used again at my house.

Chocolate Glaze
2 T melted butter
3 T Cocoa
1 1/2 C Powdered Sugar
1 t vanilla
4 T warm water

Melt butter over low heat, add other ingredients. Stir until smooth. Pour over cake. 

I fixed my hair, did my makeup, and put my boots on. We went to dinner at Charleston's. ALONE!!!

May 19, 2015

As far as anniversary gifts....#10 is supposed to be jewelry, my new Nikon D 3300 DSLR fits beautifully around my neck and in my hand!!! He always has had a knack for adorning me.

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