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Encore Performance of Is Genesis History? Coming to Theaters Nationwide March 2 and March 7

In the beginning God created the Heavens and Earth...

We are all familiar with this biblical passage and for many of us it serves as the foundation for our beliefs and those we pass down onto our children.  A lot has changed since we were kids but the Bible hasn't.  It is the same now as it was then.  A word for the generations. 

My kids always seemed to have a bunch of questions about the Bible especially on Sundays after Sunday School.  Funny, I don't recall bombarding my mom with questions about the Bible.  I'm sure I did, I just don't recall.  However, my mom assures me I had as many questions then as my kids do now.

What about you do you remember asking your parents questions about the Sunday School lesson?  What questions did you have? 

Recently, I came across a movie titled "Is Genesis History".  The movie provides insight on how things came to be.  It's a refreshing, interesting scholarly film which makes a lot of sense and answers some of those que…

SB Local Birthday Promotion!

You've probably heard me talk about Swagbucks before. It's the site where you get points (called SB) for doing things like shopping, discovering deals, watching videos, taking surveys, and searching the web. Then you turn those points in free gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Target, and PayPal cash.

Swagbucks is at its best when they're paying you to do something you'd already do online, and now they're taking that concept into thousands of restaurants around the country with the SB Local app for iOS and Android. Starting on 2/24 and running through Monday, 2/27, they have a killer deal running - here's how you can take advantage of it: 

1. Click here to download the Swagbucks Local app. You can create your Swagbucks account if you're new to it.
2. Sign in with your Swagbucks account information.
3. Link your first debit/credit cards to your Swagbucks Local app and get an instant 100 SB!
4. Use your linked card to pay at t…

Birthday Swago

Swagbucks is celebrating their birthday all day on February 27th, but they want to give YOU presents. You can play Swago (their version of bingo) all day long, filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online.

For each square you fill in, you get a spin on their big birthday prize wheel, where you can earn up to 2500 points with each spin!

The best part is that the points you get can be used to get free gift cards to places like Amazon, or PayPal cash!

Fill up your board and then submit your patterns to get even more spins and more chances to win big points!

Click here to sign up and get started! If you sign up through my link and earn 300 SB before March 1st, you'll get a bonus 300 SB!

The Awkward Silence

While returning from the mall one day with a carload of kids, I overheard a conversation between one of my kids and his friends. The kid said he “doesn’t talk to THAT woman” while joking with the other kids about his family. I’d known for years the kid’s mom was absent and never asked about her. Not that I wasn’t curious – I mean I’ve always wondered - but more like it wasn’t a conversation I’d want to have with a child.

I pretended not to listen as the kids kept talking and the conversation became serious all of a sudden.

“Do you ever wonder about her” asked one of the kids.

“Nah”, the kid shrugged “my sisters talk to her but she’s a stranger to me” he said.

“Where does she live” asked another kid.

“I’on know”, the kid replied “I’ll never speak to that woman.”

Then silence.

A carload of kids came to a deafening, awkward silence. Yet, thoughts in my head were screaming as I flashbacked to my life as the child of divorce. Thinking of all the questions I had for my father and how I…

My Nutrisystem Journey Week 4: I Survived Our 1st Backyard BBQ of 2017

Last weekend temps rose to the mid 70s.  70+ degrees in February.?!  Crazy huh?  Perfect day to grill.  Who am I kidding in our house, any day is a perfect day to grill.

Our backyard BBQs are legendary.  We - and by "we" I mean "my husband" - grill a ton of food, prepare lots of sides and make sure everyone leaves full. 

As usual, Hubby outdid himself prepping a feast of ribs and links and the aroma of the pecan and hickory woods filled the air. As family and friends piled their plates high full of meats and temptation swirling all around me, I did remarkably well.


Hubby grilled some corn, zucchini and squash which paired well with my Nutrisystem Sweet BBQ sauce with Pulled-Style Pork.  Yes, BBQ pulled pork.  OMG!  It was so delicious and what a way to stay on track while enjoying the backyard barbecue.
Hubby is a wonderful partner in my Nutrisystem journey.  He knows I am committed to losing weight and he keep me motivated.  It certainly helps to have the support o…

Get $25 to try Hulu

If you've been thinking about trying Hulu, this is the time to do it. Thanks to an offer through Swagbucks, you get $25 (paid in the form of points called SB) for trying Hulu for a month. That will cost you $7.99, so you're making $17 on the deal!

Hulu has tons of current and classic programming, movies, brilliant original series, and more. Here's how you do it:

1. Click this link.
2. Create your Swagbucks account (takes 30 seconds)
3. Click "Continue" and sign up for Hulu
4. Enjoy Hulu! You should have your points within 30 minutes.

Haven't tried Swagbucks yet? They're a site where you earn points (called SB) for doing things like online shopping, watching videos, taking surveys, and discovering deals and services you might like to try (like Hulu!). You then take those points and turn them into free gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Walmart, Target, or PayPal cash.

This is a great time to join because when you sign up through the link above and get y…

Book Blog Tour" STU STORIES

Welcome to the next stop in the Stu Stories Book Blog Tour
DESCRIPTION: Stu Sanderson is no ordinary eighth-grader. Not only is he seven feet tall, but he also vanishes into thin air, duels knights and ninjas, lifts the downtrodden, and woos the best-calved girl in school. Become a middle-grade legend with Stu and his sidekick, Bird Bones, on the journey of a lifetime in “Stu Stories.”

Our Thoughts:  Middle school can be tough but it's those friends we make in middle school that often become lifelong friends.  Stu Stories is a funny story of a kid's take on his best friend and their hilarious adventures. This unlikely duo, a short kid and his towering tall friend, were hilarious and the author uses words to create vivid images of this pair and their middle school escapades. 

As much as we loved the book, it was a tad long.  My sons love chapter books but as one so eloquently (Mom snark) pointed out "Mom, this book needs more illustrations".  I kinda' agree with him…

My Nutrisystem Journey Week 3 and an Easy Salad Dressing Idea #ad

Last week, I celebrated my birthday! *tosses confetti* We have a tradition in my family of getting together and going out to eat to celebrate birthdays.  This year, Hubby treated me to dinner for two at home and a moonlight walk and my mom and I attended a fashion show.

Isn't it funny how food plays such an important role in those celebratory life moments.  I mean, it's your birthday?  Let's go out to eat.  New job?  Let's go out to eat.  Date night?  Let's go out to eat.  Food.  Food.  Food.

Hubby prepared a delicious birthday dinner for two: salad and chicken enchiladas.  He made a salad full of all the veggies I love:  squash, dark green leaf lettuce, red onions, cucumbers, and green peppers.
Our salads are becoming less about the lettuce and more about seeing how many veggies we can cram into a salad bowl.  At first the thought of 4 servings of veggies in a day seemed out of reach but I am discovering fab ways to meet my daily veggies and stay on track.
As for the …

Chocolate Dipped Team Challenge (US & Canada)

Here's another fun team challenge to help you earn SB from Swagbucks! For those of you who don't know what Swagbucks is, it's a website where you can earn cash back on everyday tasks you do online like shopping, answering surveys, discovering deals, and watching videos. You can even earn for searching the web! 

Get 1000 SB plus 15% off your Valentine's Day order from ProFlowers

Valentine's Day is here, and if you still don't have a gift picked out, Swagbucks and ProFlowers are teaming up to give you a great deal. Order through this link (you'll be asked to create your Swagbucks account if you don't already have one) and you'll get 15% off of your order PLUS 1000 SB, which is the equivalent of $10 in gift cards at Swagbucks. The 13th is the last day to guarantee delivery on Valentine's day, so order now!

Why I STILL Celebrate Black History Month

Happy February!

February is the month of Groundhog Day, Lincoln's Birthday, Valentine's Day, President's Day, Mardi Gras, my birthday and oh February begins Black History Month, a month set aside to recognize the contributions of African Americans. 


One of my kids asked me why we still celebrated Black History Month, Asian History Month and National Hispanic Heritage Month.  "Mom", he said "it just seems like it separates people."  Poignant words from a kid but I knew exactly what he meant. 

Valentine's Day Shop Deals

Still looking for the perfect gift to get that special person in your life? Do you Valentine's Day shopping through Swagbucks and get cash back for all your purchases!

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES opens in theaters May 2017 in 3D, RealD 3D and IMAX 3D!

Check out the latest extended video clip

Reba McEntire Gospel CD Review and Giveaway #SingItNow

  Recently, a church elder stated he wanted to hear more upbeat, contemporary songs during worship service.  I remember the gasps of the congregation.  Those old hymns have such a place in our worship service and are such a connection between the generations. For many those old hymns are reminders of songs they grew up listening to their mothers and grandmothers singing.  Country music superstar Reba McEntire was to release her first ever recording of gospel hymns.  I can't tell you how excited I am to share this news with my Three Boys and an Old Lady blog readers.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 - Extended Look Now Available!!!

Check out this extended look at Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 which hits theatres May 5th



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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 hits theaters May 5th!

Nickelodeon BLAZE AND THE MONSTER MACHINES: BLAZE OF GLORY and PAW PATROL DVD Gift Sets Review plus a giveaway

RELIVE NON-STOP ADVENTURES WITH THE BLAZE AND PAW PATROL GANGS WITH THESE EXCITING GIFT SETS

BLAZE AND THE MONSTER MACHINES: BLAZE OF GLORY and PAW PATROL GIFT SETS WITH BOOKS are coming to Nickelodeon DVD February 28, 2017.
One of my favorite things about using Swagbucks is that I can get rewards for searching the web through their search engine. Every now and then they have "Collector's Bills" worth bonus SB points that you can collect by simply searching the web. Collect them all, and you get an SB Bonus! Once you've collected enough SB, you can redeem them for gift cards to stores like Walmart, Target, and many more! Here's all the information for this week's Valentine's Day Collector's Bills: Search the webthrough the Swagbucks search startingMonday, February 6th throughFriday, February 10th, and when you get a search win, you may get a special Collector’s Bill valued at either: 5 SB7 SB9 SB14 SB21 SBWhen you get a Collector’s Bill you’ll receive the value of the bill and the bill will be added to your “Collector’s Bills” ledger. Collect all 5 Collector’s Bills and you’ll instantly earn a20 SB Bonus! Keep searching til you find them all!

My Nutrisystem Week 2 #NSNation #ad

Disclosure:  I am a Proud #NSNation Blogger and I received Nutrisystem  in exchange  for this review.  The opinions expressed above are 100% mine.  
My first week of my Nutrisystem journey was amazing.  I lost 8 lbs.  I could tell I lost a little weight because my go to black slacks were a little loose.  I've had them for years and some have a little black dress but this chick has a pair of black slacks that I wear all the time.
Week 2 got off to a rocky start.  I was showering and felt a marble size something in my breast.  I called my doctor and she felt it also and recommended a diagnostic mammogram.  I received a call later that day telling me my appointment would be the following week.  Great! A week with this lump in my chest.  
Then a new computer system at work didn't help.  The system glitched and glitched and Tech Support was of no assistance.  I was struggling to meet a deadline and everything was a go and then the system crashed.  What a week.
I made it through the work…

Swago: Shopping Edition

Swagbucks is hosting another round of Shopping Swago! What is SWAGO you ask? It's a bingo-inspired promotion run by Swagbucks, a website that rewards you with points (called SB) for completing everyday online activities. You can redeem those SB for free gift cards. If you've never used Swagbucks, participating in SWAGO is a great introduction to the site and an easy way to earn a good amount of points quickly. With Valentine's Day around the corner, why not do your gift shopping online and earn cash back while you're at it? Here’s what you need to know to get your 200 SB ($2) Bonus(and don’t worry, you don’t have to make a purchase to complete a pattern): Shop Swago will begin on Monday, February 6th at 9am PDT/12pm EDT, make sure you hit “Join” otherwise you won’t get credit for completing the action items. Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete.Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signify…

Share The Love and Get $5 When You Sign Up For Swagbucks in February!

February is a month of love, and getting a $5 bonus from Swagbucks is their way of showing it! Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already, like searching, watching videos, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Walmart, Target, or PayPal cash.

When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a $5 bonus! Here's how:

1. Sign up using thislink

2. Earn 300 SB total before 3/1/17. You'll get a $3 (300 SB) bonus for it!

3. If you spend at least $25 through Swagbucks Shop* you'll get another $2 (200 SB) bonus on top of the cash back you'll get from shopping. If you have some shopping to do online, just go to Swagbucks first and visit the store through them. It doesn't cost you anything extra, but you'll get SB points for every dollar you spend (on top of the bonus)!

That&#…

7 Great Books for Kids to Celebrate Black History Month

February is Black History Month and what better way time to celebrate by sharing some of our favorite, award winning books for children written by African American writers.
SECRET WORD: READING

Radiant Child
This book is about the famed artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.  Just like Basquiat's art, the book is vibrant and full of colorful illustrations. Radiant Child tells the story of Basquiat as a child who saw art everywhere he looked and not in the traditional sense.  A visually stimulating book and a wonderful introduction to the work of a truly talented artist.


The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats holds a special place in my heart as it was one of the first books by kids read by themselves.  My kids participated in the HIPPY program - a homeschool based reading program for 3-, 4-, and 5-year olds and The Snowy Day.  A classic tale of a young boy venturing out during a snowy day with vivid, bold watercolor illustrations sure to capture your child's attention.


Talkin' About Bessie tel…

Earn SB in your neighborhood with SB Local

You've probably heard me talk about Swagbucks before. It's the site where you get points (called SB) for doing things like shopping, discovering deals, watching videos, taking surveys, and searching the web. Then you turn those points in free gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Target, and PayPal cash.

Swagbucks is at its best when they're paying you to do something you'd already do online, and now they're taking that concept into thousands of restaurants around the country with the SB Local app for iOS and Android. Starting on 2/2 and running through Sunday, 2/5, they have a killer deal running - here's how you can take advantage of it:

1. Click here to download the Swagbucks Local app. You can create your Swagbucks account if you're new to it.
2. Sign in with your Swagbucks account information.
3. Link your first debit/credit cards to your Swagbucks Local app and get an instant 100 SB!
4. Use your linked card to pay at thousands of participating…

Nike Bonus Days are back!

If you love Nike stuff or know someone who does, you can get 15% cash back on all Nike Gift Cards during Nike Bonus Days on MyGiftCardsPlus! MyGiftCardsPlus is a great site where you get cash back for buying gift cards - the cash back is paid out in the form of points from Swagbucks, which is a great website where you redeem those points (called SB) for gift cards to places like Amazon, PayPal... and Nike!

So to recap, you can get 15% cash back (in the form of SB) on Nike gift cards from MyGiftCardsPlus, which you can then use on Swagbucks to get more Nike gift cards!

Click here to take advantage of this great deal!

I have been earning Swagbucks for nearly 3 years and I have used my Swagbucks for gift cards from all of my favorite stores like Target, Macy's, JCPenney's and more. 

If you have any questions about Swagbucks, let me know.