09Sep

NeuYear Big Calendar Review

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Disclosure: I received material for review and giveaway; I was also compensation for my time by NeuYear

You might remember that I LOVE calendars and planners! We already have a planner that I love. But calendars are just, well, calendars, right? Wrong! Today I’m excited to introduce you to a completely innovative, big calendar–NeuYear.

NeuYear Big Calendar

I only recently discovered this company/calendar, but when I read what people were saying about it, I was intrigued. And I wasn’t disappointed.

Benefits of NeuYear Big Calendar

Basically, this is a big calendar that seamlessly incorporates an entire year. No more flipping through calendar months. It’s all right there with no breaks between the months. Ever had that problem where you’re trying to count days or weeks and you just keep getting lost or confused because you have to switch months in between and find your place? Maybe it’s just me, but there is none of that with this calendar.

It’s awesome to be able to see the entire year–in a format that still allows you to actually have space to write.

Choices, Choices, Choices

The calendars come in 2 different versions- year and academic year. I received the academic year calendar.

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As a bonus, each calendar comes printed on both sides, so if you can’t decide between the horizontal and vertical…you get both! One side is printed horizontally and the other is printed vertically. The horizontal calendar fits perfectly over top a desk while the vertical calendar fits perfectly on a door. (You know, if you’re like me and have to make use of every inch of space!)

Finally, you can choose either a paper surface calendar for $19 or a laminated, dry erase surface for $24.

PS–while you’re at their website, you can also purchase reasonably priced adhesive for hanging your calendar, and fine-tip dry erase markers! They have really thought of everything!

Here is a peek at my calendar:

NeuYear Big Calendar

You see that bit of pink down there?  No worries, I can zoom in a bit…

NeuYear Big Calendar
That, my friends, is where I will be heading to see the lovely Lysa Terkeurst at a semi-local women’s conference! So excited about that! And even more excited because some awesome friends will be there as well!  It was a total God thing because we found out about the tickets and got a few just before they sold out.

Anyway, back to the awesome big calendar :)

Small Business, Great Service

Yet another great thing about this company is the fact that they value great service. You want to know what’s printed right on the calendar? “Got a problem? Yo, I’ll solve it.” followed by a contact email. Awesome, huh? Most companies tend to have contact and problem-reporting info buried deep into their site, but NeuYear makes it easy because they actually want to help. (imagine that!) That is the beauty of supporting a small business!

Do you think this sounds like a great product? If you’re sold, you can hop on over there and purchase one for yourself! You can also sign up for their quarterly newsletter, and sign up for a referral code to earn money when your friends make a purchase.

Win a FREE NeuYear Calendar!

Now on to the bestl part!  NeuYear has generously allowed me to offer you a 20% discount! All you have to do is enter code “SEPTEMBER20″ on the second page of checkout.

NeuYear has also generously allowed me to give away not 1, not 2, but 3 NeuYear Academic Calendars to my lovely readers! You even get to choose between the paper surface and laminated dry erase surface.

Even better is that if you purchase a calendar, and then win the giveaway, NeuYear will refund your purchase price! How cool is that?

All you have to do is leave a comment letting me know you’d like to win. 

Want extra giveaway entries?

Do any of the following and leave a separate comment for each one.

-Share this giveaway on twitter.
-Share this giveaway on facebook.
-Pin this giveaway.
-Sign up for NeuYear’s newsletter.
-Sign up for the Affiliate program (You don’t even have to be a blogger!)

Speaking of Calendars, what’s your favorite time management tip?


 
15Feb

Hope Soap: Product Review

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Last month, the owner of Hope Soap contacted me about doing a review on my blog.  The more I learned about his business and mission, the more excited I was to work with him.  Here is a little run down:

 
1. Hoap Soap partners with Send Some Love, which is a non-profit organization providing gift baskets to shelters housing rescued victims of human trafficking. For every 4 bars of soap they sell, they will donate one bar to the Send Some Love Organization for their gift baskets. If the organization gets enough soap, then it will become a cash donation instead.

 
2. All soaps are natural and organic. If you’d like to learn more about that, you can see more info here about what exactly that means for Hope Soap.

 
Now, a little story about my soap. I received it last month at a very busy time. At our house, we have two mail spots. One is the official mail spot, where things actually get sorted, etc. The other is the “unofficial” mail spot (please tell me someone else has one!) where mail is more likely to be piled randomly for who-knows-how-long until we clean it up…

 
So, my soap was left there for about 2 weeks. Everytime I got in the shower, I’d think to myself I need to use my Hope Soap for that review…But alas I was in the shower, and when I wasn’t in the shower, I forgot.

 
Anyway, my in-laws came for a little visit this past weekend and my mother-in-law enjoys fun bar soaps. Since Courtney generously sent me a couple of extra bars, I shared one with her.

 
On Tuesday, I got a call from father-in-law, straight to the point: “Can you get some more of that soap you gave us??”  I told him I could, and he proceeds to rave about it. He even said that he’s always had dry itchy skin. Doctors have suggested sensitive skin, exzcema, psoriasis, etc. He’s tried many different soaps and creams, but the Frank & Rose soap that I gave them from Hope Soap seemed to help!

 
So now I really need to try the soap to see what all the fuss was about. I, too was pleasantly surprised when I used the Spearmint Renew. I usually use Olay Ribbons body wash (from a coupon deal!), but it seems to leave a kind of oily film.  I didn’t have that at all with this soap. My skin was very soft, and not too dry w/ no yucky residue :)

 
I have to admit that, at $7.99 per bar, this soap is a bit pricier than a lot of other handmade soaps that I’ve seen, even considering the donation aspect. The average price for a similar product on etsy is around $4.00-$6.00 per bar. And, with our budget, $7.99 + Shipping for a bar of soap is not really affordable. But, like I’ve said, this is a good product and you’ll be donating a bit to a great cause :)

 
Disclosure: I was provided with complimentary soap to try it out and give my opinion. However, all opinions expressed are completely my own.


 
06Dec

Best Mac & Cheese (& the Finish Sticky Dish Challenge)

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When Finish contacted me about taking the #FinishRevolution challenge, I was told to make something messy. I immediately thought of this ooey-gooey, baked on buttery-cheesey goodness.  Otherwise known as mac-and-cheese.

What you need:
8 oz. pasta (I use penne, but you could use elbow macaroni, etc.)
3 tsp Butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups milk (2% or whole)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (8 oz. package), divided
1/3 cup bread Crumbs

What to do:
1. Cook and drain pasta, set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Melt butter over medium heat.  Add flour, salt and pepper. Stir together for about 1 minute.
3. Whisk in milk.  Continue cooking, stirring constantly for approximately 7-10 minutes, or until mixture starts to thicken.
4. Reduce heat. Stir in shredded cheese (reserve 1/4 cup for topping).  Simmer for approximately 3-5 minutes, or until cheese is completely melted into sauce.
5. Pour cheese sauce over pasta, topping with remaining cheese and bread crumbs. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until brown and bubbling.

Yum!

Now for the easy part–clean up!

The Finish challenge was to stick the dish in the dishwasher (No pre-rinsing allowed!), and let it sit overnight, waiting until the next morning to run the dishwasher with the Finish Quantum.

I followed the rules, and here’s what came out of my dishwasher the next day…a spotless baking dish!  Not a hint of that crusted on ooey-goodness from before.

Now, you too can take the Finish Revolution Challenge:

-Visit Finish on facebook to request your free sample of Finish Quantum.
-Share your results on twitter using the hashtag #FinishRevolution.

(Disclosure: I received a free Finish product and baking dish in order to complete the Finish challenge and share my results. The results and opinions are my own.)

What do you do about hard to clean dishes?


 
30Nov

Preparing for the Holidays…(& Dayspring Giveaway!!)

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My husband’s birthday is December 2nd, and it’s a perfect time to also pull out the Christmas decorations and start getting ready, especially since our “Christmas Countdown” is stored with the Christmas stuff, and that starts on December 1st.

My boys LOVE our candy-filled Christmas countdown calendar.  I made it back in my scrapbooking days, and they really look forward to a daily treat.

This year, in addition to our countdown, we’ll also have this beautiful Advent Calendar from Dayspring.  Each day includes a verse, describing a promise that Jesus fulfilled in coming, along with discussion questions. I can’t wait to get started and go through it with my husband and our boys.

Isn’t that glass just beautiful?  It’s a drinking glass, but Jessica Heights gave me the inspiration to turn it into a candle holder.  Beautiful!

Finally, since we were getting into the Christmas spirit, we had to do some baking. This beautiful plate from the Dayspring Love Came Down collection was just begging for some cookies!

And my boys were happy to oblige…

And, the finished product…my favorite cookies ever.  We even shared some with the neighbors.

All the products featured in this post are a part of Dayspring’s Love Came Down Collection. I was given these items for review purposes, so that I could provide my honest opinion. To read other stories about these products, visit the November (In)Deals page.

The best part!!!  Dayspring is generously allowing me to give away a set to one of my readers!!!  So, one of you will receive the Love Came Down plate, and glasses (set of 4) you see in this post!  How cool is that?!?

All you have to do to be entered is to leave a comment with your favorite Christmas tradition :)  There are some other ways to earn extra entries as well:

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What is your favorite holiday tradition?


 
23Nov

We Choose Virtues: Review & Giveaway!

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Today, I’m excited to tell you about a great character-training product for children. We Choose Virtues offers some great tools for parents, homeschoolers, teachers, churches and Sunday Schools, etc.

(They are having a great sale for Black Friday/Cyber Monday and you can get 30% off your entire purchase!  Use code Friday30 and Monday30 respectively)

I received the family kit to try out with my kiddos. (This kit is usually $69.99, but with the sale today and Monday, you can get it for $48.99!).

This kit includes:

  •  The Kids Virtue Poster-This is great!  It’s the perfect size for just hanging up on the wall to refer to! It includes the basics about each virtue, including the am/not statements.
  • The Three Rules Poster-I love this! It’s great for younger children who aren’t readers. This poster is a great visual reminder for kids.  We refer to it often, and since the “rules” are short and sweet, they are easily remembered even for my 3 and 5 year old.
  •  13 Parenting Cards- (They are regularly $34.99, so less than $25 if you buy during the sale).  These cards are fabulous!  The front has the colorful cartoon representation of the virtue, along with the am/not statements and a verse (you can get them without verses as well).  The back is full of ideas for teaching these:  Each one has a “user challenge,”  a brief description/definition of the virtue, a sample apology for when the virtue is not followed, and a list of teachable moments for that virtue. There is also a card with some great ideas for teaching and demonstrations to help your child learn (and implement!) these virtues.
  •  12 Virtue Flash Cards-If you are interested in the program, but tight on cash (like we are!), these are a great way to get started. They are affordably priced at $14.99), and include everything you need for learning the virtues. The front of the card includes the virtue, along with a (super cute) colorful cartoon representation of it. The back of the card includes the am/not statements, along with a verse if you choose that option.  They also come with an idea card with 3 different games you can play with the flash cards. These cards are a perfect size for use with our morning board (I really need to share that here soon!).

I have some great stuff for you guys as well.  First of all, they are having a great sale, and you can receive 30% off your ENTIRE shopping cart!  The sale is good Black Friday (use code: Friday30) and Cyber Monday (use code: Monday30).

Finally, Heather has generously allowed me to offer up a set of the Virtue Flash Cards!  The cards are one of my favorite products because they are very affordable (Regularly $14.99, $10.49 if you purchase today or Monday), and they include all the information you need to get started.

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How important is shaping your child’s character? What are some things you do as a family to encourage Godly character in your children?

(Disclosure: I am not receiving any compensation for this review or your purchases. However, I did receive the product free so that I could try it out and give my honest opinion.)


 
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