Saturday, November 30, 2013

Meet Max & Ruby!

 Ok readers! Look what just popped up on the radar!
Max & Ruby
Meet Max & Ruby and enjoy a full breakfast along with games and other fun, kid activities.

Breakfast is at 10:30am and you must have a ticket to the 12:00pm show to attend the breakfast.

Menu:
Omelet station with ham onions, peppers, tomatoes, shredded cheddar cheese and sliced mushrooms
Pancake station with: Syrup, butter, fruit toppings, whipped cream, chocolate chips
Bacon and sausage
Breakfast potatoes
Biscuits and sausage gravy
Chopped fruit to include pineapple, cantaloupe, honeydew, grapes and strawberries
Gogurt yogurt
Mini muffins
Coffee, decaf, milk and OJ
Ages 14+: $15.00
Ages 6-13 years old: $8.00
Ages 5 and under free with purchase of adult ticket, 1 child free per paid adult.

This link is to just the breakfast but they must show a ticket to the 12:00 show to get in; just a ticket to the breakfast won’t work!!!http://concerts.livenation.com/event/05004B33F79B3AC4


You can WIN 2 Tickets to the show by filling out the rafflecopter form below! (This is the same entry form as the one in my previous post, I just copied it here for your convenience.)

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Have a wonderful night dear followers!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Max & Ruby Nutcracker Suite Ticket Giveaway




WHAT: MAX & RUBY in the Nutcracker Suite

Max & Ruby bring to life a wonderful tradition this holiday season as
they take to the stage their most magical performance yet! Inspired by
one of the greatest musical scores ever composed - Tchaikovsky’s
Nutcracker Suite - the beloved bunny siblings star in Koba
Entertainment’s brand new musical production Max & Ruby in the
Nutcracker Suite.

WHEN: Sunday, December 8, 2013 @ 12:00PM & 3:30PM

WHERE: Murat Theatre @ Old National Centre, Indianapolis

TICKETS: $25.00 to $50.00
Available at www.oldnationalcentre.com

You can enter to win a pair of Tickets to see Max & Ruby in the Nutcracker Suite by filling out the rafflecopter form below:

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Have a wonderful day dear followers!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

OraMD Review

Despite some serious internet problems this month, I finally have this review up and running for your viewing pleasure! I hope you all are as excited as I am about my very first Video Review!


So what did you think?
 In case you weren't able to watch my Video Review, here it is in black and white:

 Today, I would like to introduce you all to a product called OraMD.

"OraMD is an all natural liquid toothpaste, mouthwash and breath freshener that you will want to purchase now. OraMD is a potent bacteria fighter that is anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory with powerful plaque fighters eliminating the need for chemical laden toothpaste alternatives. This product is also has interdental access, meaning it gets in between the teeth and goes after the bacteria that is hiding in the nooks and crannies of your mouth and gums. This precise formulation of three 100% pure botanical oils of almond, spearmint, and peppermint is designed to kill the bad bacteria that are ravaging your gums. There are 100's of types of these 3 botanical oils and dozens of properties for each type - literally millions of combinations. This is a scientific formula matching the right properties of the right oils and designed specifically to combat the bacteria in your mouth. There's nothing like it on the market - it's fast effective, and leaves a lingering real fresh clean feeling in your mouth unlike anything you have experienced before." -information found at http://www.oramd.com

My experience with the product was wonderful and I love it! It was a little intense at first, but the intensity did reduce the more times I used it. The directions state to use 3-5 drops when you brush your teeth, however since I have such a sensitive mouth 2-3 drops seem to work well for me. The thing I love most about this liquid toothpaste is that it isn't a paste and it doesn't foam up. I can tell right away if I didn't brush well enough because there isn't a bunch of foam all over my mouth,

After brushing with OraMD my mouth feels really clean and fresh and just like I came out of the Dentist's office. When I wake up in the morning after I brushed at night, my teeth don't have that "morning grunge" that I used to get when I used the normal toothpastes on the market. My teeth are as sleek as the night before, its awesome! It did take a couple times to get used to because I have been so used to regular toothpaste for so many years, but I just love it!

Because of the intensity, I would not recommend using it for children. Some children may be able to handle 1 drop but you should use your own judgement because every person is different.   

I recently had a visit with my Dentist. No new cavities and she complemented me on my brushing. OraMD has worked amazing on my mouth! I honestly don't think I will change back to the average toothpaste ever again and I will recommend it everyone I know.

Are you interested yet? Well, here is all the information you need to enjoy OraMD yourself:

My Rating: A+ $$$
Click here to see what My Rating means!
Cost: $22.97 per bottle, lasts about 4 weeks when you used their 4 step process. I don't use breath fresheners or mouthwashes and I have been using OraMD for several months and still have some left. 
Where to Buy: Online at http://www.oramd.com  

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I hope you all enjoyed my first Video Review as much as I did! Thank you for following and I hope to have more great products for you in the future!

Have a wonderful day dear followers!






Disclaimer: I received a 0.5 oz bottle of OraMD from Trusted Health Products in order to provide an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions in this review are my own. I, nor, OraMD make and guarantees and use of the product is done at your own risk.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Julia Dweck Children's Book Reviews

My little girls LOVE books! Whether it is a book from the library or an eBook on our tablet, they love when Mama reads to them. I am sure there is a ton of research out there on the benefits of reading to young children but I don't need it. I can see the benefits as I watch my girls play and interact each day.

My girls and I were given the awesome opportunity to review several eBooks from author Julia Dweck. I received a copy of these EBooks complimentary in exchange for a fair, honest, non-compensated review. I hope you all enjoy the reviews and perhaps decide to read them to your little ones!

Mary Had A Sleepy Sheep
If your children are familiar with the nursery rhyme "Mary Had A Little Lamb," they are going to LOVE "Mary Had A Sleepy Sheep"! This new story of Mary's sheep is very creative, cute, and funny. It was written so that you can sing the words to the tune of "Mary Had A Little Lamb" as you read. My girls got a  huge kick out of Mary's sheep falling asleep EVERYWHERE! Poor Mary! There are also some fun activities at the end of the book which were very entertaining as well. My oldest loved flipping back through the story looking for the cat on each page! Julia Dweck did a great job writing this book and the illustrator came up with beautiful and creative ways to bring the story to life. Overall, I would highly recommend this book for children of all ages!

Blucy: The Blue Cat
Blucy is a great story for young children. Our family is actively involved helping shelter animals and this was a great story illustrating importance of adopting a homeless animal no matter how different it is. I like how even though Blucy had her naughty moments Mandy was able to over look them and love Blucy anyways resulting in a sweet perfect cat in the end. It has a wonderful message between the rhyming lines. Kudos to Julia Dweck for incorporating a lovely message into a sweet childen's book. The illustrations are beautiful as well and really help tell Blucy's story. We also loved the special games and facts at the end.

Humpfree: The Humpless Camel
Both of the girls were glued to the tablet screen as I read Humpfree: The Humpless Camel by Julia Dweck. The first time I read Humpfree to my girls, I had to stop for a moment to grab something from across the room. Big Sister yelled,"Wait I want to hear more about the Camel" and when HumpFree was sad both my girls kept kissing the screen on our tablet to make him feel better! I think this was their favorite Julia Dweck book so far! I love the lesson this book teaches, even though you may be different than others you are special just exactly how you are! The illustrations are adorable and entertaining, the illustrator did a wonderful job portray Humpfree's journey to find his humps! I highly highly recommend this story for children!

Julia Dweck has written several other children's books besides the ones above. You can check them out by visiting Amazon's Julia Dweck Page.

Have a wonderful day dear followers!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Fall v. October

Sorry I've kind of fallen off the face of the planet! I promise the blog WILL get more interesting in the weeks to come. I have some BIG plans ahead!

I love Fall! The color of Fall in nature with the bright reds, oranges, and yellows. I love Fall weather, the cool slight chill that beckons you to sit by a campfire and sip Apple Cider. To me Fall is the perfect time to ride and really enjoy the horses!
The Girls brushing their pony!
Ride 'em Cowgirls!
All these things I love, but I'm not going to lie, October is not my favorite month.

I do not celebrate nor do I enjoy anything to do with Halloween. The history of Halloween and why it was celebrated years and years ago are terrifying. I understand that it is commercialized now and that the reason people participate in Halloween is different but I can't help but feel like it is Wrong for my family.

Almost EVERYTHING on TV has to do with Halloween. You can't unsee something you have seen and I believe my daughters really don't need to see scary things if they don't have to. As they grow the world itself will be scary enough, they don't need these scary things bouncing around in their head now.

I have been filtering what Big Sister and Little Sister see, however Halloween stuff is everywhere. Just this week we walked into Target and there was a huge scary skeleton banner hanging as we walked in. Big Sister spotted it well before I did and pointed it out to me and said how scary it was. I know I can not shield them from everything, but I can equip them with THE MOST POWERFUL tool against anything scary.

God and Jesus Christ His Son!

I wish I could insert the theme song from the Veggie Tales episode "God Is Bigger Than The Boogie Man" right here!

Every time they are exposed to the Halloween scary things I remind them that God is more powerful than any of the scary things and that He will always protect them and keep them safe as long as they believe in God and Jesus, obey Him, and ask for His help and guidance.


"For I am the Lord your God who holds your right hand, and who says to you, do not be afraid. I will help you."
Isaiah 41:13 NLV

The Lord is my light and my salvation - so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?
Psalm 27:1 NLT

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-descipline.
2 Timothy 1:7 NLT



I hope that they hold tight to these teachings and learn to fear nothing but God.

Have a wonderful evening dear followers and please stay tuned!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Kid-Friendly Tablet Accessories Giveaway

Hosted By: KiteReaders
Co-Hosted By: Rural Mama's Sandbox
Sponsored By: KiteReaders
KiteReaders is thrilled to host and sponsor a Tablet Accessories Giveaway! They have an amazing selection of some of the most popular kid-friendly accessories available for your tablets out in the market today! We all know how difficult it can be to maintain your tablet when you have a young child who always wants to use it. Whether you want to protect your tablet with a kid-friendly case, use a handy stylus instead of your fingers to touch the screen, or simply accessorize your tablet with some awesome headphones, we’ve got you covered! 

 KiteReaders is a multi-award winning digital publisher of children’s books. With over 100 titles and 30 best sellers across Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks, KiteReaders aims to provide quality content for children and their families and increase literacy around the world. Visit KiteReaders at http://kitereaders.com and like them on Facebook at http://facebook.com/kitereaders!

When you enter the giveaway, not only will you have the chance to win one of these highly coveted prizes, but you will also be able to immediately download one of our award winning titles…for FREE! Simply enter the giveaway below and read more to learn all about our 20+ amazing prizes!

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The giveaway will run from 9/11/13 12am PST-10/6/13 11:59pm PST

Giveaway Rules: US Residents, 18 years and up only. 1 entrant per household. Winners will be picked randomly through the Rafflecopter entry form. Winners will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. 

All winning entries are verified.  


Prizes Include: 
>>Gumdrop Kindle Fire Case (Valued at $49.99): 1 Winner

If you’re looking for the most rugged, durable yet ultimately affordable Kindle Fire protection, you found it in the Drop Tech Series Kindle Fire Case. Shock Absorption, drop protection, extreme ruggedness and hard-core readiness for all adventures, the Drop Tech Series Kindle Fire case specifically conforms to the shape of the Kindle Fire and offers multiple layers of protection. This transformer case features a unique, snap-on integrated screen for maximum protection. (http://www.gumdropcases.com/kindle-fire.html)
>>iPad Smart Cover (Valued at $39.99): 2 Winners
Snap the Smart Cover into place and it wakes up, stands up, and brightens up your iPad. It magnetically aligns for a perfect fit. It wakes and sleeps your iPad on open and close. It’s a handy stand for reading, watching, and typing. And it’s a way to make your iPad as personal on the outside as it is on the inside. (http://www.apple.com/ipad/accessories/)
>>iGuy iPad Case (Valued at $39.95): 2 Winners
Say hi to iGuy. He’s fun, free-standing and kid-friendly. Designed to fit all full-size iPads – even the new iPad 4! (http://www.speckproducts.com/iguy-for-ipad.html)


>>Fisher Price Kindle Fire Kid-Tough Apptivity Case (Valued at $29.99): 2 Winners

With a Kid-Tough rubberized casing and a clear film over the screen to protect against drips and sticky fingers, the next time your child asks to play with your Kindle Fire, you’ll be much more likely to say “sure”! (http://www.fisher-price.com/en_US/brands/kidtough/products/67522)


>>Griffin Technology Cinema Seat (Valued at $24.99): 2 Winners

CinemaSeat turns your iPad into the perfect in-car entertainment system. CinemaSeat’s wide, adjustable strap routes around your car seat’s headrest to perfectly position your iPad for backseat riders. Without sacrificing access to Multi-Touch display, controls or headphone jack, CinemaSeat lets them watch video, listen to music, play games and more. CinemaSeat gives your riders the best seats in the house. Or car. (http://store.griffintechnology.com/cinemaseat-2-for-ipad)


>>KaZoo MyPhones (Valued at $19.99): 2 Winners

KaZoo MyPhones have built-in-volume-limiting circuitry that keeps the sound pressure down to levels recommended as safe for young ears. Exposure to excessive levels of sound is more than a nuisance. It’s a health issue, especially for children. KaZoo MyPhones use a built-in, always-on sound-control circuit to cap peak volume levels at 85 decibels. That’s the maximum level recommended by many auditory health organizations in the U.S. and abroad. And, of course, KaZoo are kid-friendly with fun animal designs and durably constructed. (http://store.griffintechnology.com/kazoo-myphones)


>>Felix TwoHands Stand (Valued at $19.99): 2 Winners

When you want to use your NOOK hands-free, this ingenious accessory is the perfect solution. Made of sturdy molded plastic, it opens with a gentle squeeze and securely grips the edges of your NOOK, while the base rests on a flat surface to form a sturdy stand. The spring mechanism is both strong and flexible, so the Felix will hold your NOOK in either landscape or portrait mode; when closed, it’s only 7″ long, so it will easily slip into a pocket or bag. Add in the sleek, distinctive look – enhanced by a “felix” logo script printed in silver – and this is truly a must-have item for every NOOK owner. (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/p/home-gift-twohands-stand-in-black/25719436)


>>Crayola Color Studio iMarker (Valued at $15.99): 2 Winners

iMarker is the key to unlock limitless discovery and play on your iPad. It’s a digital marker, crayon, pencil and paint brush that interacts with the Crayola ColorStudio HD app to create all your favorite Crayola colors on the iPad’s Multi-Touch display. As you color, animated characters, music, sound and visual effects bring scenes to life, and surprises await on every page. (http://www.griffintechnology.com/crayola/colorstudiohd)
>>Marware UpSurge Speaker (Valued at $9.99): 2 Winners
The Marware UpSurge Mini Speaker delivers crisp, distortion-free sound from virtually any media player device. The UpSurge travels with you wherever you go, providing rechargeable, long-lasting audio enhancement in the palm of your hand. Its compact design twists and extends when in use for enhanced bass and sound quality. The UpSurge Mini Speaker is the perfect solution for your portable audio needs, whether you’re watching a movie, listening to music or playing a video game. (http://www.marware.com/upsurge-mini-speaker)


>>KiteReaders Stylus (Valued at $5.99): All Winners!

The KiteReaders Stylus is the perfect accessory to use on any of your touch devices! With a pen on one end and a stylus on the other, this stylus is a great tool to have in your pocket or bag at all times! 

Have a wonderful day dear followers! 

Monday, September 09, 2013

Kefir, he's that actor right?

Okay, so I've been reading a lot about Kefir water and finally decided to take the plunge and bought my very first Kefir grains. I started my first batch on the 4th, but I have a feeling I'm adding too much water because it wasn't as bubbly as I expected. I want to  play around a little bit with it and hopefully in future months I will be able to post some awesome Kefir water drink recipes.

For those that aren't familiar with Kefir water, here are a couple sites that give some great information about it and its benefits:
http://divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com/2011/11/water-kefir-healthy-homemade-soda-alternative/
http://www.mommypotamus.com/how-to-make-water-kefir/
http://wellnessmama.com/2261/how-to-make-water-kefir-soda/

Happy brewing dear followers!

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Zinio Digital Magazine Subscription Giveaways

Zinio? What is Zinio?


Zinio is the world's largest newsstand online with over 5,500 of the top magazines for any device, laptop, or computer! Explore section lets you read, even without a subscription, thousands of articles from your favorite magazines and share them with friends.

Sound like something you may be interested in? Yeah.... I thought so!

Right now Zinio is running a couple Special Promotions that end 9/12/2013:
2 for 1 - get two years for the price of one on over 50 magazine titles - CLICK HERE for this Promotion
 NFL Kick-Off - 25% of 1-year subscriptions - CLICK HERE for this Promotion
Another AWESOME feature of Zinio is their NEWEST concept, the Z-Pass!
  • Get 3 new magazines for $5 every month, with Z-Pass
  • Keep the same 3 or swap your titles every month and explore
  • Keep your current subscriptions as they are if you like, and use Z-Pass to test out new magazines instead of committing to a full year of something new
    CLICK HERE to get your Z-Pass

Interested but don't want to take the plunge yet? No worries, Zinio would like to give 9 of my readers a FREE Subscription! Fill out the rafflecopter form below for your chance to WIN!

 
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Have a wonderful day dear followers and happy reading!






Disclaimer: I, nor Zinio make any guarantees. I was given a Free subscription to the title of my choice as compensation for posting about Zinio. 

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Meet The Goats: My Starter Herd

I've briefly introduced you to my goat adventures, but I figured I would give you all a glimpse of my whole starter herd of Nigerian Dwarf Goats, which includes 2 does and 2 bucks. 

Prairie Wood Golden Dynasty

"Dyna" as we call her is the Diva and the spunky one out of the group. She loved to run and play and kick up her heels. She is bold and doesn't seem to be afraid of anything. Dyna tends to do pretty well at shows, she placed 2nd in her class at our first show and 1st in her class at the second show plus was awarded Reserve Champion Junior Doe. She seems to mature faster than my other doe and I hope that she milks well in the future! Big Sister insists that Dyna is "HER" goat.

Prairie Wood Mariposa Vistosa 


"Mary" is a sweet quiet girl. She is go with the flow and easy to get along with. She loved to run and place but seems to be more interested in her surroundings and exploring. She seems to be a little slower to develop than Dyna and hasn't placed as well as in her first two shows. The older she gets it seems like her body is catching up. I plan to breed her much later than I will with Dyna, so that she has plenty of time to mature into a great milker. Little Sister insists that Mary is"HER" goat.

Alford Meadows Domino Joe

"Joey" is my shy boy. He isn't too wild about human contact, but will tolerate it. I wasn't sure if I would like him when I first bought him, but he is really growing on me, I like him build and his resilience. His dam raised triplets, so I am hopeful that he will pass on some nice milk genetics.

Bleat N Teats Johnny Be Good
"Johnny" was a bottle baby growing up and boy can you tell it. He is like a puppy dog and will follow me everywhere. He is very friendly and just loves Big Sister. He will eat ANYTHING that a human gives him, even icky medicine that the other goats fight me with. He appears to have more of a dairy build than Joey and his dam was a good milker, so I am hopeful that he will pass on nice milk genetics as well. 

I would like to get another doe, maybe a yearling, after winter to round out the herd a bit. I plan on breeding my girls next year for summer kids. If I am blessed with a doeling I will be keeping a doeling from each of my does and selling any other kids (assuming I can part with them, I know I will fall in love!) I can't wait to start milking and making soap and cheese! I have been doing a lot of research so that I am prepared once the milk starts flowing.

We have a show coming up mid September and this time we will be taking the boys as well. I am new to goats so I am curious as to what the judges think of my little bucks!

Have a wonderful evening dear followers!

Friday, August 23, 2013

FREEBIE FRIDAY - My Memories Design Kits


Each week MyMemories, a company that has created an awesome Digital Scrapbook Software called My Memories Suite v4, posts free design kits for their software! Click the links below to upload them into your program!

Kit #1                Kit #2              Kit #3

 Kits are available free for a 2 weeks then new ones are put up. However, you can still purchase pervious design kit from MyMemories! To find this kit, click on Craftable Templates on the right hand side of the MyMemories website. If you don't have a MyMemories account you will need to sign up in order to download the Craftables. Don't worry, accounts are always FREE!

What's My Memories Suite? Click here to read my review of the Digital Scrapbook Software. Don't have My Memories Suite?  No worries you can download a trial version on their website or you can Go MyMemories.com to buy the software and start scrapping!

USE CODE: STMMMS86739 at checkout to get $10.00 OFF the software!

Have a wonderful day dear followers and Enjoy the FREEBIES!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Win Tickets to see The Wiggles!

Hello all my Indiana Peeps!

I have a pair of tickets to see The Wiggles to give away to one very special person! This would be a nice little outing for you and your little one! You can find out all the information about the show by visiting my post about The Wiggles Coming to Indianapolis.

To enter to win, complete the Rafflecopter form below!

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Have a wonderful day dear followers!

The Wiggles Coming to Indianapolis!


THE WIGGLES! “TAKING OFF!” WORLD TOUR VISITS
THE MURAT THEATRE AT OLD NATIONAL CENTRE
Friday, September 20, 2013 @ 6:30PM

**The Number One Children’s Entertainment Group Introduces a New Cast Including the First-Ever Female**

Indianapolis, IN  After 21 years of entertaining children around the globe, The Wiggles will introduce three new cast members including the first-ever female member, Emma Watkins as the Yellow Wiggle.  Founding member Anthony Field, known as the Blue Wiggle, rounds out this vibrant group with Simon Pryce (Red Wiggle) and Lachlan Gillespie (Purple Wiggle).  The “Taking Off!” worldwide tour will crisscross North America, hitting over thirty-five major cities between August and October in support of their new album of the same name (available Razor & Tie).  The Taking Off! DVD is slated for release later this summer, a new television series will debut on Sprout in the fall and continuing with their charitable efforts, The Wiggles are now a proud sponsor of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, the global leader in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other deadly diseases.

Always educational and entertaining, The Wiggles will be joined onstage by Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus for an extra wiggly good time. This marks the first time that North American audiences will get to meet the new line-up and hear new music, as well as sing along to their favorite hits which are all incorporated into their live show. Taking Off! features 21 new feet-stomping songs including the catchy soon-to-be favorite, “Do The Propeller!” as well as "Beep! Beep! Buckle Up!” "Emma (with the Bow in Her Hair)" and classics such as “Rock-A-Bye Your Bear” and “Get Ready to Wiggle.”  
Children can have even more wiggly fun while they wait for the show by visiting www.WiggleTime.comThe Wiggles’ very own virtual world created specifically for preschoolers and their parents. Parents can monitor their child’s progress and have access to premium promotional offers, contests, merchandise discounts and presale Wiggles tickets! You can also follow the gang on Twitter via Twitter.com/TheWiggles or become a fan of the group’s official Facebook page Facebook.com/TheWiggles.
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Check back soon! Rural Mama's Sandbox will be giving away a pair of tickets to see the Wiggles!

Have a beautiful day dear followers!
 

Friday, July 12, 2013

Freebie Friday 7/12/2013

Yes, I know I know! I'm been slaking on the Freebie Fridays! Summer is throwing me for a loop! SO MUCH more work to do and so little time! I've included 2 freebies to help make up for missing the past couple weeks! Please forgive me!

Each week I bring you a lovely Freebie from MyMemories, a company that has created an awesome Digital Scrapbook Software called My Memories Suite v4! If you've never heard of or used My Memories Suite v4, you are missing out! No worries, however, you can download a trial version on their website!

This week's Freebies are 4th of July Stars (or anytime stars)


Click here to download the kit above!

 Click here to download the kit above!

 Available free until July 14, 2013. However, you can still purchase this design kit from MyMemories! To find this kit, click on Craftable Templates on the right hand side of the MyMemories website. If you don't have a MyMemories account you will need to sign up in order to download the Craftables. Don't worry, accounts are always FREE!

What's My Memories Suite? Click here to read my review of the Digital Scrapbook Software. Don't have My Memories Suite? Go MyMemories.com to buy the software and start scrapping!

USE CODE: STMMMS86739 at checkout to get $10.00 OFF the software!

Have a wonderful day dear followers and Enjoy the FREEBIES!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Goat Show Adventures


Well, last month I decided to show my goats at an American Dairy Goat Association sanctioned show about an hour away, but their time is an hour ahead of us. These are my first goats and I have never shown an animal my entire life, but I figured I might as well jump in with both feet. I loaded up the van at 4:00 A.M., yes people 4:00 A.M., and headed to pick up a friend of mine who has shown goats before. I am not a morning person, so, I kind of forgot a lot of things... like chairs, our puppy exercise pen since I wasn't sure if my goats could fit through their gates or not, shavings and ice for the cooler. I got gas, paid for the ice then forgot to get it, silly me. Had to make a quick pit stop to pick up shavings for the stall, thank goodness there was one bag left on the shelf!

After making pit stops for gas and shavings, then taking the wrong turn and going about 3 miles out of the way, we finally arrived about 7:35A.M. their time. We were just 5 minutes late, but so were a few others and they were still registering goats, so all was good. We got the girls unloaded and set up in their stall, the gates were wide enough they could just fit through them, so instead of enjoying the show we were baby sitting the whole day and taking turns if a breed came up that we wanted to see. Our class didn't start until 5:30 P.M., yes P.M. people. It was a very very very long day. It was a neat experience, I wasn't sure I wanted to show again after that long day but I met some more cool crazy goat people and they convinced me to take my girls to a show at the end of this month. I will be more prepared this time and I won't have to get up as early since it is local.

My girls hanging out in their stall at the show!

Overall, it was fun but exhausting. My Gold, Blue eyed doe, Prairie Wood Golden Dynasty "Dyna" placed 2nd out of 6 in her class. My Chamiosee colored doe, Prairie Wood Mariposa Vistosa "Mary" placed 6th in the same class. The judge was picking long bodied does all day and I knew Dyna woukd do much better because she is the longer bodied of the two. The girls had tough competition but I was pleased with how well they did all day and weren't stressed at all.  They just kind of went with the flow.

I have to admit, I am totally into this owning goats thing, they are so fun! I am sure there are many more adventures to come and I just can't wait until the are old enough to breed and milk!
I'm thinking Big Sister is totally into the goats too! :)

Have a great day dear followers!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

WIN TICKETS to Big Time Rush & Victoria Justice "Summer Break Tour"

Hello followers!

I hope you all go the 441 about the Big Time Rush and Victoria Justice "Summer Break Tour" Coming to Indiana August 2nd. IF NOT, you can read the press release here.

If you are well informed and would like to win tickets, then you are in the RIGHT PLACE! Fill out the rafflecopter form below for a chance to WIN a Family 4 Pack of Tickets to see Big Time Rush & Victoria Justice at the Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville, Indiana on August 2, 2013!


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Have a wonderful summer break dear followers!

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Big Time Rush & Victoria Justice Coming to Indiana

BIG TIME RUSH AND VICTORIA JUSTICE TO OFFER FANS THE HOTTEST TICKET OF THE SUMMER WITH THE “SUMMER BREAK TOUR” THAT WILL APPEAR LIVE AT KLIPSCH MUSIC CENTER ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 2
Tickets on sale this Saturday, April 6 at noon at LiveNation.com
Klipsch Music Center 2013: Celebrating 25 Years of Indiana’s Legendary Outdoor Concert Venue

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 1, 2013) –– Columbia Records and Nickelodeon’s multi-platinum selling superstars Big Time Rush and triple threat sensation Victoria Justice announced their “Summer Break Tour” will appear on Friday, August 2 at Klipsch Music Center. Olivia Somerlyn will be support for the show.
Both Big Time Rush and Victoria Justice have taken their on camera careers to the stage with the help of the global partnership between Columbia Records and Nickelodeon. Big Time Rush are currently recording their highly anticipated third album set to release in early Summer 2013. The release will feature brand new music that will debut on the upcoming season of the TV series, “Big Time Rush,” which averages 3.6 million total viewers. Big Time Rush was the most watched live-action series premiere in Nickelodeon's history, with 6.8 million viewers. Elevate, Big Time Rush’s second album released by Columbia Records/Nickelodeon, was the follow-up to the group's blockbuster debut, 2010’s gold-certified BTR. The band’s 2012 summer anthem single “Windows Down,” has garnered over 15 million video views and quickly climbed the radio charts becoming their third consecutive charting single at Pop radio. To date, Big Time Rush has sold close to 4 million singles.
Victoria Justice starred in the hit Nickelodeon series, Victorious, which recently won its second Kids’ Choice Award in the category of "Favorite TV Show."  Prior to having her own series, Victoria starred in Zoey 101.    In 2012 she starred alongside Chelsea Handler and Johnny Knoxville in the Paramount Pictures’ feature FUN SIZE.  Victoria has been nominated for a Teen Choice, Kids’ Choice, NAACP Image, ALMA and Imagen Foundation Award.  She has graced the cover of Teen Vogue multiple times, Seventeen, Latina, and has made appearances on The Jimmy Fallon Show, The View, and Ellen.  Her smash hit single, “Freak the Freak Out” has been certified gold and the singer/songwriter has sold over 3 million digital downloads overall.  She is currently in the studio writing and recording for her forthcoming solo album.

Reserved pavilion and Harrison College Lawn tickets, plus applicable fees, go on sale Saturday, April 6 at noon and will be available at the Taco Bell Box Office at Klipsch Music Center, Livenation.com, Ticketmaster, participating Wal-Mart locations or charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000.  

About Live Nation Entertainment:
Live Nation Entertainment is the world’s leading live entertainment and ecommerce company, comprised of four market leaders: Ticketmaster.com, Live Nation Concerts, Artist Nation and Live Nation Network. Ticketmaster.com is the global event ticketing leader and one of the world’s top five ecommerce sites, with a database of over 119 million fans who visit our sites. Live Nation Concerts produces over 22,000 shows annually for more than 2,300 artists globally. Artist Nation is the world’s top artist management company, representing over 200 artists. These businesses power Live Nation Network, the leading provider of entertainment marketing solutions, enabling nearly 800 advertisers to tap into the 250 million consumers Live Nation delivers annually through its live event and digital platforms. For additional information, visit www.livenation.com/investors.

For more information about Big Time Rush, visit www.btrband.com or follow @bigtimerush on twitter. And for more information on the tour, please visitwww.SummerBreakTour.com.
For more information about Klipsch Music Center, visit www.KlipschMusicCenter.com or follow @KMCLiveNation on twitter and Like atwww.facebook.com/KMCLiveNation

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

EquityLock Protector Giveaway

Fire up the grill, dust off your hammock and prep your pool because summer is here!

It’s the perfect time to relax, chill with friends, and enjoy the sunshine. There’s no better way to unwind than with the peace of mind that no matter come rain or shine... your home and appliances are covered, just in case!

Typically, homeowner insurance policies don't offer help when your appliances break down. With the EquityLock Protector plan, you'll safeguard up to $50,000 of the value of your property and ensure your six most essential appliances are protected, including:

- washer
- dryer
- refrigerator
- microwave
- dishwasher
- range/oven/cooktop

Each of your appliances will be protected (up to $1,500 per 12-month period) including repair or, if necessary, replacement.

This summer, get your peace of mind LOCKED!


I bet you would love to win FREE insurance wouldn't you? EquityLock is giving one lucky reader 6 months of EquityLock Protector (usually $79.95 a month, that’s over $470 in total value) FREE and another winner will recieve $15 EquityLock Home Improvement Cash (cash card to use at all good home improvement stores) FREE

To enter to win please complete the rafflecopter form below:

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Have a wonderful day dear followers!






Disclosure: Please note that the assets included within this message were delivered to me in promotion of EquityLock Protector. 

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Great Weekend, Good Life!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Allstate for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Last weekend I took a trip to Bloomington to watch my brother compete in hurdles at the High School Indiana State Finals in Track! The trip is about 2 1/2 hours long and I was thrilled that the girls slept the whole way there. We arrived early and decided to visit with Grandparents before the races. Thank goodness for good directions or I would have been wonderfing aimlessly through Bloomington. We had lunch, visited, and had an overall good time, then it was off to Indiana University to watch the track meet!

When we arrived, there were people and cars everywhere! Normally, I would have gotten a little freaked out. I am a country girl in every sense. I love the wide open spaces, little traffic, small crowds, and neighbor's that you can't throw a stone and reach their yard. So, as I arrived I almost went into panic mode, but realized all was good, I just needed to relax, and move on. I had no worries, I am living the Good Life!

Having a Good Life to me means being able to spend time with my family and friends and go places without worry, anxiety, or fear. I can enjoy the Good Life because we have taken steps to reduce the worry, anxiety, and fear in our lives. One way we have done this is by using Allstate and living the Allstate Good Life!

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Allstate’s “Good Hands for the Good Life” is new and different for an insurance company. It has a voice of optimism and celebration vs. fear. The Allstate brand commercial tells the story of how there are risks everywhere, but we as people don’t let it hold us back from making our lives good. Allstate is an insurance company who works everyday to help build more good in the lives of their customers.

Allstate believes that the notion of the Good Life is inherently social; it is already taking place in people’s natural social conversations and now Allstate has permission to join in because they are an insurance company who creates more good vs. take care of the bad.

So, how does the story end? I promise, I'm not going to leave you hanging!

I parked the car and made my way to the stands just in time, there were just two races ahead of my brother's race. Family and friends were in the stands, we were on our feet as the shot was fired and the hurdlers took off. WOW was he fast! As he cleared each hurdle, the excitement grew and grew! My brother finished 16th place overall out of 29. Pretty good considering he is a Sophomore and most of the others were Seniors. We were all very very proud of him and I will always remember being able to be there to watch him, carefree!

Have a wonderful day dear followers!

 

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Monday, June 03, 2013

Let's mombo™

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Comfort and Harmony for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

New Moms and expectant moms, this post is for YOU!

I wish that I had known about this prodcut when my girls were newborns! The mombo nursing pillow gives you awesome comfort options to help aid in nursing. When my girls were infants I was given a Boppy Pillow. It was a little awkward for me to use as a nursing pillow so I mainly used it to help aid the girls when they were learning to sit up. I think that the mombo™ would have been a better option for me, especially for the fact that it has to different sides, one firm and one soft. *Please note that I do not have any personal experience with the mombo.*

"Moms love mombo™, the nursing pillow with more to love! Mombo has a unique shape and a two-sided design called Firm2Soft™, with each side offering a different experience. The firm side gives essential support for mommy and her nursing baby. The soft side is extra cozy—an inviting place for lounging or tummy time. And mombo is the only nursing pillow with a vibration feature, to give baby the ultimate soothing experience while lounging. Look for mombo’s assortment of pillow styles and slipcover fashions. Select your style from Standard, Deluxe or Nude™. Then choose multiple slipcover fashions so you'll always have a spare!" - as provided by mombo

The mombo™ nursing pillow can be found at Babies R Us or Toys R Us stores around the U.S.A.

Check out the cool features as provided on babiesrus.com:

  • Firm2Soft design: 2 distinct sides: Firm side for improved nursing support, Soft side for lounging or tummy time
  • Patent pending removable mombo vibration unit
  • Washable 2 sided brushed poly slipcover
  • Larger surface provides more growing room for baby

 

Want to learn more about the best nursing pillow ever? Check out Comfort & Harmony on Facebook or tweet with Comfort & Harmony on Twitter!

 

Have a wonderful day dear followers and don't forget to kiss your babies!

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Friday, May 31, 2013

Freebie Friday 5/31/201

Each week I bring you a lovely Freebie from MyMemories, a company that has created an awesome Digital Scrapbook Software called My Memories Suite v4! If you've never heard of or used My Memories Suite v4, you are missing out! No worries, however, you can download a trial version on their website!


This week's Freebies are Gift Card Envelopes. They make great gifts! Easy and fun to make!
Use these to give gift cards, coupons or business cards. Perfect for Father's Day or Birthdays!


Click here to download the kit above!
 Available free until June 3, 2013. However, you can still purchase this design kit from MyMemories! To find this kit, click on Craftable Templates on the right hand side of the MyMemories website. If you don't have a MyMemories account you will need to sign up in order to download the Craftables. Don't worry, accounts are always FREE!

What's My Memories Suite? Click here to read my review of the Digital Scrapbook Software. Don't have My Memories Suite? Go MyMemories.com to buy the software and start scrapping!

USE CODE: STMMMS86739 at checkout to get $10.00 OFF the software!

Have a wonderful day dear followers and Enjoy the FREEBIES!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Tree Hut: The First Step To Natural Beauty

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tree Hut for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Boy do I need a BEACH VACATION! We are too busy to actually go to the beach so instead I dreamed up a nice style board to show what I would take along with me, IF I were leaving on a Beach Vacation.

You will note that there are a couple of skin care products in my photo. Every once an a while I come across Natural Beauty Care products that I think my readers may take an interest in. I would like to introduce you all to the Tree Hut products. Please note that I have not used these items personally, but feel they are worthwhile to mention.

Tree Hut Hand & Foot Care products are developed to keep hands and feet feeling smooth and healthy. Certified Organic Shea Butter and Natural oils and extracts make skin smooth and soft. Exactly what you would need to get your skin and feet ready to show off at the BEACH!

Some products I think you may like to try include:

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Tree Hut foot cream
• Certified Organic Shea Butter: skin repairing & moisturizing, anti-aging, promotes elasticity
• Argan Oil: natural anti-aging properties
• Rose Hip Oil: natural anti-aging properties
• Non-greasy formula
• Paraben Free and No DMDM
• Made in the USA
• Do not test on animals

Tree Hut hand cream
• Certified Organic Shea Butter: skin repairing & moisturizing, anti-aging, promotes elasticity
• Aloe Vera: Nature’s soothing moisturizer
• Peppermint Oil: Moisturizes skin
• Paraben Free and No DMDM
• Made in the USA
• Do not test on animals

Tree Hut foot scrub
• Certified Organic Shea Butter: skin repairing & moisturizing, anti-aging, promotes elasticity
• Real Sugar: Natural sugar exfoliates skin smooth
• Peppermint Oil: Moisturizes skin
• Paraben Free and No DMDM
• Made in the USA
• Do not test on animals

Personally, I would LOVE to try the foot scrub, since the edges of my feet and heels ten to be my problem areas!

Want to learn more about Tree Hut? Jump on over to Facebook and like Tree Hut on Facebook or if you are a Twitter user, follow Tree Hut on Twitter!

Tree Hut products can be found in Walmart stores nationwide, so they should be easy to find and purchase.

Have a wonderful day dear followers!

 

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A Big Sting

Finally the weather is consistent and warm! Thank God! However, with warm weather comes BUGS! All types of bugs seem to be crawling around everywhere, inside and outside. Our most recent experience with a bug was with a not so nice bug.

Today we went out to play and Big Sister was playing nicely in the playhouse when all of a sudden she screamed bloody murder. Unbeknownst to me a wasp mama had made a nest in the inside roof line of the girls' playhouse. I looked up to see a wasp buzzing around her then diving down to sting her again. I ran to get Big Sister out of the play house and then set her down on the picnic table to assess the damages. She was only stung once, on her shoulder blade, but it was red and starting to swell a bit. She isn't severely allergic to bees or wasps (this is the seconded time this year she has been stung) so I wasn't worried about a serious reaction, but it still hurt badly so I ran in to get some reinforcements. My "Go To" for stings is allergy medicine and baking soda. I measured out the allergy meds and gave it to her orally, just to be sure she didn't have a reaction to the venom from the sting. Next, I mixed up a paste with baking soda and water and spread it over the sting. Instant relief, and the screaming ceased and swelling started going down. I don't know WHO figured out baking soda has this amazing quality, but if I did I would go up and hug and kiss them and thank them a million times.

So, moral of the story. Bugs are everywhere, even ones that pack a big punch, or sting rather. Check your children's play equipment and make sure a bug hasn't taken up residence in their toys! I know that this will be on my spring/summer checklist for next year for sure!

Have you encountered a not so friendly bug this yet this year?

Have a wonderful day dear followers and stay safe!
 





Disclaimer: Please note that I am not a doctor, so please check with your doctor before administering any medications to your children in the even of a insect sting or bite.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Standlee Hay Product Review

At the start of this blog I wrote about several horses we have around the farm. My husband and I spend a large about of our time taking care of rescue horses. We both have a great passion for horses and horses are what brought us together! So, when I was contacted by Standlee Hay Company, Inc. to review their Hay Products I was over joyed because the review would directly benefit one of our rescue horses!

"Standlee Hay Company, Inc. is a leader in the hay industry and proudly produces premium quality western hay forages and hay forage products.  They offer a complete line of baled hay forages, bagged forage products and other find products to make consumers feel confident that they are selecting hay forage products that are Pure, Natural and Nutritious for their animals." -Information provided by Standlee Hay Company, Inc.

Standlee Hay Company, Inc. has several different types of forage for sale designed to help feed your animals as each has different needs and circumstances. Their focus is on alfalfa, timothy grass, orchard grass and mixes of alfalfa/timothy and alfalfa/orchard grasses, however they also provide beet pulp, whole oats, and even horse treats. Their hay products come in cubes, mini cubes, and pellets.

Blade, our review subject for Standlee Alfalfa Hay Cubes!
Blade's topline
When feeding rescue horses, particularly those that are elderly with teeth issues, we like to feed hay cubes. I decided to check out Standlee's Alfalfa Hay Cubes for our elderly horse, Blade. Blade is a 28 year old Thoroughbred/Quarter Horse cross. He raced for several years before be retired to enjoy trail riding, mounted posse, and 4-H. Blade's previous owner had several life changes that made it impossible to take care of her horses, so she donated Blade and his buddy Sabrina to the horse rescue. Blade has proved to be quite the hard keeper. We have tried a lot of things to keep weight on him, regular deworming, teeth floating, and different diets designed for elderly horses. Out of all the horses on the farm, Blade is fed the MOST feed. The only thing we have not tried yet, is hay cubes!


Blade munching on cubes!
Blade LOVES his Standlee Alfalfa Hay Cubes! He can chew them easier than regular grass or alfalfa hay, as it is soaked in water before consumption. I actually believe he looks forward to them at breakfast and dinner time and although it may appear that it is not a large quantity of food, once it is soaked and expands the amount is amazing and the quality is great. We have tried other brands of Hay Cubes with horses in the past and the Standlee Alfalfa Cubes take a shorter amount of time to soak and expand completely. I am pretty sure it has to do with some of the binders that the other companies use to keep the cubes in their compact square shape.
Dry Standlee Alfalfa Hay Cubes
Soaked Standlee Alfalfa Hay Cubes (Half Eaten, lol)
Blade has not been on his cubes for a long enough time to see big results yet, but I can tell that they are helping little by little. I will be updating you all throughout his progress. The older the horse is, the harder it seems for them to put weight on, so it may be a couple months before we will see the noticeable difference that we are expecting from the Standlee Alfalfa Hay Cubes.

My Rating: A+ $$$
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Cost: 50 pound bag Alfalfa Hay Cubes were $12.99 in Evansville, Indiana. Prices may vary depending on the state in which you live. Contact your local feed store. 
Where to Buy: Standlee Hay Company makes it easy to fine a retailer near you, click here to find one through their website tool! Our local Tractor Supply Company in Evansville, Indiana had the best selection of Standlee Hay Company, Inc. products. 

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Have a wonderful day dear followers and don't forget to hug your horse!






Disclaimer: Standlee Hay Company, Inc. provided me with $120.00 worth of their hay products in order to provide this review. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions are 100% mine based on my personal experience with their product. I, nor Standlee Hay Company, Inc. makes any guarantees about this product. I am not a veterinarian, so please consult with your animal's veterinarian before making changes to their diet or implementing anything suggested in this post.

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