Friday, December 2, 2016

Elf on a Shelf with The 4- Crow's Blog 2016- Week 1

Week one of Charley and Malia's visit was a success. The Crow kids were pretty good. 

Xbox games, a Hatchimal...looks like the Elves have a few things on their Christmas list also!

Breakfast time!

Uh oh! Extra renforcements are needed this year. A Santa Cam!

A new outfit!

Twister anyone?

This tree needed lights also.

Reading fun with old friends. Some of these friends are as old as Braden. 

Do you have an Elf on the Shelf? Won't you please grab the button below, link up, and play along once a week until December 30th-a little longer for those of you traveling and might have a lingering visitor? You can share seven pictures, a few, or just one of your favorite Elf moments/memories of the week. All you have to do is grab the button and put your blog link in the linkup form that I will provide each week. I look forward to seeing all of the Elf games and fun you are having!

The 4-Crow's Blog

Warning: I do post daily on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter. My follow buttons are over on the right side of my blog. If you do want to follow and post, I will use the following hashtags #CrowElf16 #The4CrowsElfLinkup.

Elf on a Shelf with The 4-Crow's 2016 will be posted the following Friday's, hope you join in!

Introduction
November 25
December 2
December 9
December 16
December 23
December 30

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Amy Grant's Tennessee Christmas CD Review & Giveaway #FlyBy #TennesseeChristmas


Amy Grant.

When I found out she was coming to Tulsa at Christmas time, I immediately went to look for tickets. Then, Ugh. Choosing between seeing the cutest little Baker in the world dancing in the Nutcracker or Amy wasn't a choice at all. Sorry Amy, next time, m'kay, But then, something happened. I got an email to review and giveaway her first Christmas CD in almost 20 years- Tennessee Christmas! Y'all this CD is awesome. Amy and I haven't missed a beat since our days of singing Angels Watching Over Me, El Shaddai and In a Little While together. She even introduced me to My Grown Up Christmas List. We've been singing for a long time together as you can tell.

The title track Tennessee Christmas is just beautiful, and each time I have played it this week, I have just prayed. I have a feeling that anyone that hears it will be doing the same.

Take a look at this video, then purchase the album here on iTunes.

 

Have you ever surprised loved ones during the holidays? That's what this song is all about. Amy and her team would love for you to post your videos to social media doing just that. Use the hashtag ##TNChristmasSurprise! They will be making a compilation video and posting it to Amy’s socials – the specific video has not been announced yet though. Soon.

One of my blessed readers is going to get their very own copy of this CD. This is going to be a fast giveaway so you can get it by Christmas!! I asked the mandatory question in the above paragraph!

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“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

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. Or 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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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Bible Journaling Kit #BibleJournalingKit #FlyBy #Giveaway

Do you Bible journal? I didn't until today. I actually was given an opportunity to start for free with a Bible Journaling Kit by Ellie Claire. For the past year, I have been pinning and pining away at all of the beautiful and creative Bible journal and journalers out there. I had almost decided that I just don't spend enough time in my Bible and that God is never going to bless me with the artistic ability to get that artistic in His word- yeah, I've had this kit for a few weeks and have been procrastinating at using it. Guess what was revealed to me today? It doesn't matter. It's my Bible. It's what HE says to me. It's what I write down. It's what I will look back on and my kids will look back on and see that I read and wrote.



For the past month in or children's ministry our verse has been Romans 12:10- Honor. Then in the past week, I have been reading the Karen Kingsbury Redemption series- don't ask me why I have never read this series. It is a MUST READ!  Anyway, God has started speaking some Romans into my life lately. Y'all didn't know you were going to get an entire Bible lesson and confession from me today, did you?

Alright, alright, back to the journaling kit...

About the Product
You can create a work of art on the pages of your favorite Bible. Draw, color, or journal your thoughts, dreams, and prayers. Highlight your favorite verses or the encouragements that speak to your heart with pencils, stickers, and tabs. Kit includes:
·         4 sheets of word stickers
·         4 sheets of alphabet stickers
·         24 tab stickers
·         8 colored pencil twists
·         1 journaling pen
·         1 pouch with adjustable strap to fit Bibles of all sizes
·         1 ruled page protector mat with tracing lines

My Bible is not a "journaling Bible" it does not have extra space in the margins, and that is okay for this kit. Mine is a Women's Study Bible and contains some extra explanations at the bottom, that is where I will put my illustrations and notes. The colored pencils are really nice and I feel confident that they will not rip my pages. They also erased easily. I also like how I can color over my words and still see them.

One of my blessed readers is going to get their very own Bible Journaling Kit! Who wants it? All you have to do is enter on the easy Rafflecopter form below. Only one question is mandatory. I want to know: What Bible verse will you journal first?


**Bonus: Enter on my blog, but also enter here! As part of this promotion, they are going to be hosting their own giveaway and are going to be giving away 5 different kits. Enter at this link: http://bit.ly/BibleJournalingKitGiveaway (The link also offers free downloads of several coloring pages).

You can purchase the Bible Journaling Kit at these online retailers.

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/BNBibleJournaling
Amazon: http://bit.ly/BibleJournaling
Books-A-Million: http://bit.ly/BAMBibleJournaling
Christian Book Distributors: http://bit.ly/CBDBibleJournaling


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Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. 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.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Open to U.S. Only. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, November 25, 2016

Elf on a Shelf with The 4-Crow's 2016- The Arrival

Our doorbell rang on Thanksgiving night and what do we find? A message in chalk saying...

We Are Back...4 of us!

Charley, Malia, Frost and who else could it be?

A St. Bernard puppy to add to our family! 

Miss K named her Rory Whiskers. We used a little help from the Elf on the Shelf naming guide only changed around the initials and shortened one of the names. (Obviously I am kind of excited since Rory of Stars Hollow is making an appearance today also! Hello Gilmore Girls!!)


Do you have an Elf on the Shelf? Won't you please grab the button below, link up, and play along once a week until December 30th-a little longer for those of you traveling and might have a lingering visitor? You can share seven pictures, a few, or just one of your favorite Elf moments/memories of the week. All you have to do is grab the button and put your blog link in the linkup form that I will provide each week. I look forward to seeing all of the Elf games and fun you are having!

The 4-Crow's Blog

Warning: I do post daily on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter. My follow buttons are over on the right side of my blog. If you do want to follow and post, I will use the following hashtags #CrowElf16 #The4CrowsElfLinkup.

Elf on a Shelf with The 4-Crow's 2016 will be posted the following Friday's, hope you join in!

Introduction 2016
November 25
December 2
December 9
December 16
December 23
December 30

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Elf on a Shelf 2016 Link Up with The 4-Crow's Blog: The Introduction



Only one more week and Malia Peppermint Pattie, Charley our scout elves and their pet Frost return from the North Pole. Four Thanksgivings ago The 4-Crow's were summoned by the doorbell and found a visitor from the North Pole. The visitor was nameless at the time, but soon became know as Malia Peppermint Pattie. 2011 was our first year to participate in The Elf on the Shelf Tradition. We didn't exactly have a "real" Elf on the Shelf, so I called our daily link up Elf on a Shelf. We had Charley, a 40+ year old Whitman's Chocolate Candy Elf given to us by Miss K's dance instructor Miss Pam. In 2014, a reindeer pet named Frost joined our nest in all the Elf fun.

In 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 we hosted a weekly link up, showcasing a full 7 days of elf fun. Our Charley has had to semi retire. He is still a part of our household, but because he is "vintage", I decided he no longer needed to be serving in any reindeer games. He is actually pictured in the above button, see his rips? You can read more about Charley here, also feel free to visit the last four years of linkups and see what kinds of fun our scouts have around our nest.

We absolutely LOVE this tradition, so much that we have even been known to blog for Elf on the Shelf. See our posts here and here.

Do you have an Elf on the Shelf? Won't you please grab the button below, link up, and play along once a week until December 30th-a little longer for those of you traveling and might have a lingering visitor? You can share seven pictures, a few, or just one of your favorite Elf moments/memories of the week. All you have to do is grab the button and put your blog link in the linkup form that I will provide each week. I look forward to seeing all of the Elf games and fun you are having!

The 4-Crow's Blog

Warning: I do post daily on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter. My follow buttons are over on the right side of my blog. If you do want to follow and post, I will use the following hashtags #CrowElf16 #The4CrowsElfLinkup.

I once again made myself an Elf on a Shelf Calendar. I have once again made time to get organized. I'll be honest, I did a pretty good job last year of sticking to it. Feel free to use my ideas or print out the blank form for your own use.


Elf on a Shelf with The 4-Crow's 2016 will be posted the following Friday's, hope you join in!


November 25
December 2
December 9
December 16
December 23
December 30

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Where Jesus Slept- Book Review & Giveaway #WhereJesusSlept #Flyby


Halloween is finally over. But, Fall has barely begun here in Oklahoma. The leaves have barely began to fall and most are still green. Never mind that most of us still need to mow our grass. Thanksgiving is a little over two weeks away, Christmas is only 47 days. ONLY 47 days!!! Okay, I'm not gonna lie to you, I've been watching Christmas movies, I've even bought one gift. And of course the reading around here to our little friend has started to be all about that wonderful time of the year. When FlyBy Promotions contacted me in October about the opportunity to review a Christmas story, of course I said, yes! Even though this book is a little above Miss K's reading level, it doesn't hurt her practice her fluency with me or with the little guy pictured above.

This book is one that must be added to your Christmas library. First of all, I love hard back books at Christmas, I used to love wrapping up 24 gifts/books at Christmas time as an advent and reading each night to my kids. It was a great way to enforce the Christmas story and magic in them. And honestly, the more manger stories, the better. The repetition in this book is terrific. By the end of the book, the almost four year old was repeating words like COW, BED, and JESUS! As you can see from the cover above the book is just beautiful.

One of my blessed readers is going to get their very own copy of this book? Who wants it? Enter on the easy Rafflecopter form below, or order on Amazon (not an affiliate link).

About the book:
“This is the bed where Jesus slept. This is the straw that lined the bed where Jesus slept.” From here, the story builds with each spread, adding a new element and explaining the relationships among the participants and witnesses to the first Christmas. From Jesus sleeping sweetly to the wise men bringing gifts, this charming book reminds readers young and not-so-young of the joyous event we celebrate at Christmastime. Children will love the delightful illustrations and the engaging repetition in this cumulative tale.


Format: jacketed hardcover
Trim size: 10x10
Page count: 32
Retail price: $16.99
Reading age: 4-7


About the author:
Norma Lewis is the author of ten books. She lives in Grand Haven, MI, with a marmalade cat named Scalawag. They both love spending time with her six grandchildren, ranging in age from three to twenty.
Illustrated by Katy Hudson.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Versona's Fall Look Book. What is Your #myversonastyle?

I was chosen to be a part of a select group of bloggers to help Versona announce the release of their first-ever online look book! They sent me an exclusive invitation to visit their store at Woodland Hills in Tulsa and also sent me ONE of their favorite pieces featured in their look book. ONLY ONE!

This is what I received in the mail. Isn't she fancy? 


Of course Miss K had to try it on. My little fashionista. 


Now why just ONE earring? This is really the fun and creative part of the marketing department at Versona. I had to take the earring in to retrieve its match as well as a pick up a $25 gift card to use in my local Versona store. Not a problem. You can purchase this fabulous glass stone flower statement earring instore or online


Miss K and her Daddy must have some kind of conspiracy going on. You see when I take her along shopping for myself, for some reason it becomes ALL about her. Needless to say. OUR $25 giftcard went toward accessories this time. 


These. Must have.

We are loving the stylish shades!

Versona's very own Denise and I taking a #fall4versona selfie!
Miss K needed new hoops. She has super sensitive ears. We opted for these cute sterling silver hoops. Versona's sterling silver cannot be beat. We have several pair. 


Just launched, Versona's Fall Look Book showcases the contemporary designs and sophisticated styles customers will find this season at Versona. Go ahead, browse the site. Create an account. Add a few things to Your Loves.


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Saturday, September 3, 2016

The Crow Kids are Back to School!!


The Crow Kids are Back to School.

Two weeks into the 2016-17 school year and we are already into a 5 day break. WHEW. Now I can blog..

The back to school pictures were taken.

The classes were found- especially when you move to the largest high school in Oklahoma that houses over 3800 students.

The bus actually stops for Miss K at a central location within our neighborhood. It's still to be determined how much she will actually ride the bus. Budget cuts. Long story.

Three PTA meetings down, YAY Mrs. President & Mrs. Vice President!

Basketball conditioning has begun.

Mom's Taxi Service has commenced with ZERO tips.

Only one class schedule change. Yeah, Chemistry wasn't a good idea.

A new church year started. Miss K and I moved to the big side of Synergy. Our room is amazing. Video games, basketball, and more of a small group like setting. Very cool.



My "little" man allowed me ONE more year of first day bus stop pictures. I even got him to hold a sign, of course this picture ended up being my favorite. I've already told him that there is a huge chance I will still be taking these pictures as he enters college.



Miss K. What can I say. Once again this year, of all the shots I took this ended up being my favorite. Her sweet but sassy personality! As you can she she is sporting her Rustic Cuff bracelets. We have matching ones, We both wore our white Madisons this year on her first day of school.

How is your school year going so far?

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Would a Worm Go on a Walk? Book Review & Giveaway #WormOnAWalk #FlyBY #Giveaway


Miss K and I were given the opportunity by FlyBy to read a new book to our little friends who visit us each week. Unfortunately, the reading to the friends won't happen until next week, since we just got the book. But, that didn't stop BOTH my kids from picking up this book and reading it. YES, I said both- even a 15 1/2 year old was drawn to this book. Maybe it was the beautifully illustrated cover. It's funny because even the simplest of books can teach the biggest lessons in life. God created us all unique. We are wonderfully made, loved and special.

About the book:
“Would a worm go on a walk, if you could lead him down the street? Would he wear his tiny tennies, if he had two worm-sized feet?”

So begins this humorous and imaginative picture book that introduces children to the idea that animals are uniquely created by a loving and wise God. Would a Worm Go on a Walk?, with its colorful, comical illustrations, is a fresh, fun way to teach young children that God created all things very good. He gave all the animals, and children, too, wonderful qualities and unique strengths. Children will giggle over the ridiculous scenarios presented, and they will come away with the knowledge that we all are loved and special.

Format: Jacketed hardcover
Page count: 32
Reading age: 4-7

About the author:
Hannah C. Hall is the author of best-selling children’s books, including God Bless You and Good Night and God Bless Our Christmas, as well as an award-winning blog, HannahCHall.com. Hannah lives in Prairie Grove, AK with her husband, Josh, a worship pastor, and their four children.


One of my blessed readers is going to get their very own copy of this book? Who wants it? Enter on the easy Rafflecopter form below, or order at this link.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Where is the Grace? Where is the Love?

I started writing this post on June 1st. I posted it in the notes of my phone. Not quite complete, not quite finished with my thoughts on the whole parent bashing that seems to take place anytime a parent/child tragedy happens. Little did I know that in two weeks time another incident would hit national news. Now my post is complete...



Where is the grace? Where is the love?

As a Moma I cannot even count on one hand the times one of my children have gotten out of my sight. One of mine thought he was pretty funny at age 3 hiding in that clothes rack at Walmart for 180 seconds. Believe me a Code Adam was called. The feeling of panic that grips a parent to find their child missing for even one second is unexplainable.

My poor niece- Miss J, I'm sure glad I got to practice parent on you. Poison control has been on speed dial ever since that possible fingernail polish remover consumption and yes, I will admit the the time I THREW you to protect you from an attack of swarming insects. I don't think we ever did find what truly was attacking us.

Oh, and to this day why did I put flip flops on an 18 month old? Her poor nose as it met the driveway pavement. I guess I should have also been berated when she got in the way of a driveway pickup basketball game and was hospitalized overnight with a concussion.

Let's don't even talk of all the zoo's we have visited over the years. I can guarantee you that if one or three of us Williams' kids could have found a way into a few cages out of curiosity we would have. We were pretty ornery.

I can only imagine another mother's fear for her child as she watched helplessly as her child was in the cage and possession of a wild animal. I am sure if she could have figured out the how to get in the same cage she would have.

A NO SWIMMING sign means just that. NO SWIMMING. It doesn't mean not sitting on a beach. What kid wouldn't be curious enough to dip fingers or toes into the water. Kids are kids!!

I cannot and do not want to imagine a father's fear as he did everything within his human power to save his son from the grips of a hidden reptile.

Face it, NONE of us mothers or fathers will be awarded the perfect parent of the year award. EVER. Let's love. Let's support. Don't hate on or judge. Tragedy is tragedy. Finger pointing doesn't help, it cuts deep. Let's cover each other in grace.

I think we have become a society looking for everything that a parent does that is wrong and are putting them to shame when something bad happens. When the bad happens it happens to all of us. If we are to be Christlike we are to remember, Jesus wept. (John 11:35)

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Esther: The Belle of Patience, Book #2 in The Adventures of Rooney Cruz Bible Belles Series Review #FlyBy #BibleBelles

It's summer. WooHoo!!!  The one thing my kids hate to do in the summer is anything that remotely looks like school, including READING. As a mom and an avid reader, this breaks my heart. When FlyBy Promotions contacted me about reading and reviewing the latest book in Bible Belle's series, my Moma wheels started turning. How can I make Miss K enjoy reading this summer... To be honest she doesn't like to read, because she is slow, and feels like she doesn't do a great job at it.

I haven't shared on the blog yet, but Miss K now has a YouTube channel- Miss K's Corner. Yes, she is now an aspiring YouTuber.  She has 7 videos, with 7 subscribers, and a total of 343 likes total. Believe me, she can rattle those stats off like nobody's business. Anyway, if she can vlog about something she does, a DIY, a shopping haul, or something else, then MAYBE I can get her to read a book and vlog about it.

MISSION SUCCESSFUL. Take a look at this. I'll admit, this was a huge lesson for both of us. My comfort in reading, meets her comfort behind the camera. Her discomfort in reading, met my discomfort of self behind camera. What a lesson the Belles are teaching us both.



"About the series: Bible Belles’ The Adventure of Rooney Cruz is an original children’s series that presents real life heroes like never before. The series highlights five superhero women of the Bible: Hannah, Esther, Abigail, Ruth and Deborah.

THE SOUND OF THE BELLES WILL BE H.E.A.R.D. -EXODUS 28:35

We’re setting out to present women in the Bible in a way that has never been done before. We want girls to connect with them and find out what being truly beautiful is all about. We want girls to remember their names, their stories, and how special they are."

We were sent an e-book/pdf of  Esther: The Belle of Patience. I just love how the women of the Bible are being compared to modern day girls. Esther releases in June 2016. One of my blessed readers is going to get their very own copy of this book to add to their library. Will it be you? Just enter on the easy Rafflecopter form below.

Book Trailer:

Bible Belle's Esther: The Belle of Patience from Bible Belles on Vimeo.

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Watch "The Eleventh" on Feeln



Since we cut the cord- the cable one- a little over a year ago, I haven't missed too many of my favorite channels. Except for ONE. The Hallmark Channel. But believe me when I tell you feeding kids is worth way more than paying the cable bill to watch one channel. At least that is my opinion. Since we cut the cable, we have been saving over $100/month. This week we were given the opportunity to review an episode of a new series by the Feeln streaming service.

Did you know that Hallmark has a streaming service? YES! Feeln is the leading streaming service that brings you heartfelt stories of love and togetherness, anytime, anywhere. All movies are handpicked so you spend less time searching and more time with the stories you love. Feeln brings home the exclusive library of Hallmark Hall of Fame features, Hollywood movies and TV series, and award-winning originals you won’t find anywhere else.

My family and I sat down last night and watched the new original series that Feeln launched this month. “The Eleventh” which stars a trifecta of TV legends including Florence Henderson (The Brady Bunch, Dancing With The Stars), Ed Asner (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Roots, Up), and Cloris Leachman (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Malcolm In The Middle).
“The Eleventh” focuses on a young girl’s journey to getting to know her estranged grandmother in order to bring closure to the past and unite her family. The series has heart-warming themes of family, forgiveness, healing, and love.

Check out the trailer:



Jason, Miss K and I sat down to watch our free episode of  "The Eleventh" and immediately wanted more. This show is very well written and perfect for FAMILY viewing. It's the perfect time of the year to start a new family series. School is out for the summer, and all of the other shows are ending their seasons.

To watch full episodes of ‘The Eleventh’ on Feeln go to this link.

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I received a free first episode screening of "The Eleventh" and will receive a free one year subscription to Feelin for doing this review. All opinions are my own. I will receive no monetary compensation for this post.