Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Getting Ready To Go To College With Groupon

This year I have two kids going to college. My second daughter is finishing her last semester of college, and my oldest son is is doing his senior year of high school and taking college classes for the first time! Life is just crazy for my kids.

Having three kids in school, kids who are older, means the "back to school" supplies are a LOT different than what kids in elementary school need. Everything just gets more expensive. My daughter has been messaging me that she needs a laptop. Trying to figure out how to fit that into my budget, I visited Groupon to see what goods they might have for back-to-school.

I was so surprised to see things that my older kids could definitely use, including a refurbished laptop! Can you believe the deal they have? I shared it with my daughter to see if she wanted us to get it for her. She starts her semester in a couple weeks.

We're not exactly sure what Buddy will need for his college courses he'll be taking. He goes to the community college open house tomorrow afternoon, and we'll go from there to get him what he needs before his classes start!

I have no doubt most of his needs will be tech based. I'm also looking ahead to what he'll need next year if he heads off to a four year college. Thankfully Groupon has such a long list of goods, we should be able to stock up and be ready for when the big day comes!

What's been your best find on Groupon?

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Maxine: Be Patriotic Or Not She Won't Care Review & Giveaway

Do you remember the first time you saw Hallmark's Maxine line? She made me chuckle! Maxine always says what the rest of are thinking! I was so thrilled to work with Hallmark to share about their "freedom" line for Maxine. They sent me a fun patriotic package to review, which was perfect timing with the Olympics on tv!

Now, we all know things have gone waaaay crazy with the elections around the corner. My boys are on Facebook, and they're constantly showing me memes or telling me about the latest on they've seen. They're not biased towards either party. Both are up for grabs with them.  I think I'm more like Maxine, although not nearly as funny!

This has become the first election where I've heard family members say, "tonight at dinner, with the extended family, we're not talking politics." hahahaha Okie dokie Never heard that brought up before. Honestly, we've never been a family who talks much about it. At least on my side of the family. We pretty much know where we stand. =)

Maxine and I are more alike than not. I'm patriotic, and love our good ol' USofA. I tend to carry a bit of snark with me, so that's where she and I unite! I think she will add some levity to the upcoming elections, which I think our country needs right now.

I have found a few items that I'll have to get for my aunt. She's always sharing Maxine quotes on Facebook or memes that are of her. I'm always getting a chuckle because it seems that Maxine's snarkiness never gets old. I think I should have a list of her quotes for moments when I don't know exactly what to say.

Maybe the candidates should take a cue from her and lighten up a little bit. Well, they've followed in her "yelling" footsteps of "Yellin it like it is" which they have a sound button of,. I think we should all get one, and when a candidate says something we don't like, we just push the button. =)

After wearing my socks around the house, I've decided that when I feel like being a bit rebellious, I'm going to wear them when we're out and about! heh heh heh If anything, they'll be a conversation starter, right? Maybe I'll start by wearing them to church. At least there I might get a few chuckles instead of riling people up. heh heh heh

Take after Maxine and be crabby! Kidding...sort of!

So the items you see above, I'm giving them away in a set from Hallmark to one lucky winner! Be sure to enter my giveaway, and have a second chance by entering Kay's giveaway of the same package!
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Friday, August 19, 2016

A Beauty Refined By Tracie Peterson

A Beauty Refined
by Tracie Peterson
Publisher: Bethany House
ISBN: 9780764213250

The Sapphire Brides has been a lovely series so far from Tracie Peterson. I love that she takes the reader into the wilderness of Montana. She's always taking us into the rough countryside! This is the second book in the series I've been able to review thanks to Bethany House!

A beauty refined is very different from A Treasure Concealed (Book 1 in the series). This time the people who are looking for sapphires in Montana are from Germany. When I first started the book, I shared on Instagram that I was already antsy about the storyline by like page 12. Tracie had started off the story with me chewing my nails and immediately wanting to flip to the end of the book. Not kidding. THANKFULLY, Tracie addresses the initial situation almost immediately. Whew!

Book Summary:

Phoebe Von Bergen, the daughter of a German count, is excited to visit America for the first time while her father purchases sapphires in Helena, Montana. Little does she know, however, that her father's intentions--both for her and the gemstones--are not what she thinks.

Ian Harper, a lapidary working in Helena, finds the dignified young woman staying at the Broadwater Hotel more than a little intriguing. Yet the more he gets to know her, the more he realizes that her family story is based on a lie--a lie she has no knowledge of. And Ian believes he knows the only path that will lead her to freedom. 

Meeting Ian has changed everything for Phoebe, and she begins to consider staying in America, regardless of her father's plans. But she may not be prepared for the unexpected danger that results when her family's deception begins to unravel.

My Review:

This was an interesting read for me. Book 2 in the Sapphire Brides series isn't a continuation, and could easily be read on it's own. I'm guessing book 3 will follow the same path. Having ready quite a few of Tracie's novels over the years, this one seemed different. Like her writing style was different somehow. I couldn't quite put my finger one it.

I liked the storyline, and the characters. Well, I might not have liked Phoebe's dad very much. lol He's not supposed to be likable though. Ian I wasn't a fan of to begin with either, but I began to warm up to him as the story continued.

If you want a book that dives into unhealthy family dynamics and reconciliation as well as adventure, this book would be right up your alley. Tracie always brings history to into her stories in a way that makes you wish you were there living it with her characters!

I'm looking forward to book 3 coming out this fall!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

QUEEN OF KATWE: Images & YouTube Video

When we went to see Pete's Dragon I had the opportunity to see the Queen of Katwe trailer! I honestly hadn't seen anything but images before that trailer. I thought it looked like it was going to be a great movie! I'm looking forward to the release in September.

For 10-year-old Phiona Mutesi (Nalwanga) and her family, life in the impoverished slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle. Her mother, Harriet (Nyong’o), is fiercely determined to take care of her family and works tirelessly selling vegetables in the market to make sure her children are fed and have a roof over their heads. When Phiona meets Robert Katende (Oyelowo), a soccer player turned missionary who teaches local children chess, she is captivated. Chess requires a good deal of concentration, strategic thinking and risk taking, all skills which are applicable in everyday life, and Katende hopes to empower youth with the game. Phiona is impressed by the intelligence and wit the game requires and immediately shows potential. Recognizing Phiona’s natural aptitude for chess and the fighting spirit she’s inherited from her mother, Katende begins to mentor her, but Harriet is reluctant to provide any encouragement, not wanting to see her daughter disappointed. As Phiona begins to succeed in local chess competitions, Katende teaches her to read and write in order to pursue schooling. She quickly advances through the ranks in tournaments, but breaks away from her family to focus on her own life. Her mother eventually realizes that Phiona has a chance to excel and teams up with Katende to help her fulfill her extraordinary potential, escape a life of poverty and save her family. Disney’s “Queen of Katwe” will open in U.S. theaters on September 23, 2016.

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QUEEN OF KATWE opens in theaters in limited release on September 23rd and everywhere on September 30th!

What fall movie are you looking forward to seeing?

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

LuLaRoe More Than Leggings

A couple months ago I was introduced to LuLaRoe leggings. I had heard about them about a year ago, but gave them the side eye because I didn't know what that was about. Leggings...Then I had my first opportunity to feel them. hahahaha I know, you're thinking that makes no sense because...leggings. My associate pastor's wife had them on at church, and she told me to feel them. They felt like butter! I just wanted to keep petting her.

I was so disappointed I had missed all the hullabaloo the months prior that I'd been giving them the side eye. Then I got my first pair. Pretty much didn't want to take them off. They're incredibly comfortable, and so soft! Now, you might see some incredibly wild designs and patterns, but that's not all they have. hahahaha I've done subdued ones so far, but hey, that's from someone who has always avoided anything with patterns or designs! LuLaRoe just brings that out in you!

A couple weeks ago, before we headed out of town again, LuLaRoe Fashion Consultant, Jean Lowd contacted me to see if I'd be willing to do a review! hahaha THAT was a no brainer for me! What I had been learning about LuLaRoe is that they are now much more than just leggings! They've been building their line, and have introduced so many new styles. Styles I got to try on at Jean's house while my hubby played photographer!

Today I was going through all of my photos, and had to compare them to what was on the LuLaRoe site to make sure I was getting the names of the pieces right. I was shocked to see how many styles are on the site that Jean didn't have yet. If I actually start exercising, I'm definitely checking out the Jade and Jordan!

They've also got 3 styles for men in their shirts, and one shirt style for boys. Girls have a fun selection that are similar to the women's line! The cuteness is to die for! Another reason I'd love to have another little girl to dress up.

So let's check out the fun styles, shall we? This dress is the Nicole. It's got a fitted top and a full skirt! I liked the length of the sleeves, and how great it felt on me! It was super feminine.

I liked the Julia, but it was a little more fitted than I'm used to. It has the same sleeves as the Nicole above. It's a knit fabric that's one piece from top to bottom. The Nicole above has a seam around the waist.

Next we move to a couple of the skirts. There are a lot that LuLaRoe offers, and they all have a different style. If you look at the pictures I've taken, there's a skirt on the mannequin behind me that was absolutely to die for! It was so incredibly feminine. I should've just taken it home with me that night. lol

This is the Azure skirt. It's a knee length skirt with a wide waist that allows you fold it over like your favorite yoga pants. The Azure is a light, flowy skirt. You could have a lot of fun with mixing and matching these with different tops!

Then there's the Cassie. It's a pencil skirt that fits fabulously. I actually loved this skirt, but Fred wasn't a fan. Glad I wasn't asking his opinion! HA! This one had not only a design, but there was a texture that you can't see from the picture. I think if I had a plain, white long skirt, I'd wear this style a lot!

The next two skirts are the Lola. I actually loved this, and I think that's the style of the salmon colored skirt behind me in my photos. They're either lace or chiffon, and I'm pretty sure I'd like every lace pattern they come out with. The first Lola I'm showing is a design I'm totally digging! I think I need to get a salmon colored shirt to go with some of the skirts I hope to own soon! =)

Ok, so the next skirt is the Madison. This is the skirt that has pockets! Yes, ladies, it has pockets! This is one of those skirts you can just relax in or wear to work. It's super versatile! Put on a dressier shirt than what I had one, and it would definitely work for a professional, while remaining very comfortable!

Ok, can we talk about the shirt I've been waiting to get for a couple of months? It's called the Randy. I fell in love with the style when I saw it the first time. It's a unisex shirt that's like the old school baseball T. I was such a tomboy when I was younger (ok, still am) that I always wanted, but never had this style. Well, that is now over! I'm wearing one of the designs in the above photo, but this is the Randy I took home with me!

This one is really cute, too! Sometimes the body of the shirt has the design, other times it's the sleeves. The one below had no design, the sleeves and body are both solid colors. I like the different sizes, too! The Large is great to wear around like a pajama shirt, while the medium I'd wear with my shorts when I'm out and about. The leggings in the first picture below are the pair I took home with me! I'm kicking myself for not getting the pair in the next one.

This shirt is the Perfect shirt. It's "perfect" for any outfit, but specifically leggings because it covers your behind. I really loved it with my shorts! You can tell just by looking at it that it's super comfortable. The sleeves I love!

Now I didn't try on a lot of the layering pieces like this Lindsay. I think this piece would be great to relax in or just add as an extra piece to your favorite outfit. You just want to wrap yourself in this kimono.

Now, the designs you see above? If you blink you may miss it. That's one thing LuLaRoe is known for. If you want a design, you better buy when you see it or you may never see it again! lol That's their golden ticket! They only make a certain number of each design, and that makes them highly sought after.

I'm looking forward to the holidays because they will for sure have designs that everyone will clamor after! I missed the ones for 4th of July, and now I'm kicking myself! I'm not going to make the same mistake with the holidays coming up.

I want to thank Jean for the opportunity to try on so many fun pieces! When we were heading out, she gave me her business card, and this is the first time I've seen a consultant have one where if you buy 10 items, you get a free pair of leggings! Oh, boy, this could happen very easily! Be sure to join her LuLaRoe VIP Facebook group so you can stay on top of the newest designs and the styles she gets in! If you're in Maryland, you'll have to keep up with her pop-up boutiques. That way you can have as much fun as I did!

Have you ever tried on LuLaRoe leggings?

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