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He Was There When I Needed Him Most: Reflecting On 60 Days of Happiness

You would think with all the chaos in the Three Boys and an Old Lady household this fab mama would be down in the dumps but nope, I'm STILL smiling.

I can't explain it but the challenges of the past couple of months have been nothing compared to my faith.  

I started reading this 60 Days of Happiness, a book I received from Tyndale House Publishers.  I committed myself to reading each daily devotional.  Little did I know the wisdom therein would help me through some of the toughest times in my life.

One day in January, my son approached his dad and I saying he wanted a letter. 

A letter?

Then he followed by saying he wanted to try out for the wrestling team. 

The wrestling team? 

We were totally surprised given neither of our four kids inherited their dad's athleticism and trust me we have tried every sport under the son.  So when J expressed interest in trying out for the team we were supportive, but surprised to say the least. 

Fast forward to Saturday, January 21.

My kid, w…

Spring Boost: 2x Cashback or more shopping through Swagbucks (US ONLY)

If you have some online shopping to do before April hits, Swagbucks is offering amazing deals at 40 of your favorite stores! Just click here and you can get up to 20% cash back (in the form of SB points) shopping at stores like Walmart, JCPenney, Sephora, Old Navy, Target, Amazon, and more!

New to Swagbucks? It's the site where you earn SB points for things you're already doing online, like shopping, watching videos, trying new products and services, taking surveys, and even surfing the web. Click here to create your account - as a special bonus, if you spend $25 shopping online through Swagbucks before April 1st, you'll get a $2 (aka 200 SB) bonus!

BEDTIME FOR BABY BOOK REVIEWS: ONCE UPON A TIME HOLY BIBLE AND STORYBOOK BIBLE

"The Bible is not a fairy tale, but every great story happened “once upon a time.” The Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible highlights powerful and inspiring stories from the Bible, beautifully illustrated with fantastical artwork by Omar Aranda. Each captivating story is told in a way that will get children excited about reading the tales of real heroes of the Bible." FlyBy Promotions sent me both the Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible and The Once Upon a Time Holy Bible for review.  Both are written in NIrV (New International Readers Version).  NIrV is an easy to read biblical translation perfect for new readers and coupled with these vivid illustrations, these Bibles are sure to be a fave of your little one or new reader. The Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible features 33 familiar Bible stories and lots of brightly colored illustrations.  Each story is just a couple of pages which is perfect for lulling little ones to sleep.  This is more of a book of Bible stories than a Bible per…

I'm going to #BlogHer17 *tosses confetti*

Last year I had the honor of attending BlogHer.  BlogHer is the crème de la crème of social media conferences.  BlogHer is the conference all other conferences wanna be when they grow up.  BlogHer is... well you get the picture of my luv for BlogHer.

Our BlogHer '16 trip was a vacay in itself.  My Ark Diamond Diva sis, Cin, and I loaded up the Kia Sorrento and took our sons and her daughter on the road trip of a lifetime. 

This Road Warrior Diva with fam in tow planned an epic adventure with stops in Albuquerque, New Mexico for a swim at the Blue Hole.

We were all were looking forward to the trip. 

Me?  It's BlogHer. 

Cin?  Finally seeing what the hubbub is about this "blogging" thing. 

Cass?  First trip to Cali. 

The kids?  I don't think they heard anything about the events or pristine list of speakers other "Kim K". Oh yeah, Kim K was one of the featured guest speakers last year.

Funny story.  I opted to forego the Kim K. luncheon figuring it'd be he…

My Nutrisystem Journey Week 7 Dining Out with Family and Friends #NSNation #Ad

A bloggy friend and I were chatting about one of our favorite chain restaurants and she mentioned she was trying to dine “low carb”. *bing*

OMG I thought “There's my next Nutrisystem post!”
Joyce at Mommy Talk Show is kicking the waffle fries and going low carb. *tosses confetti* I was so excited to share how Nutrisystem Smart Carbs are helping me eat healthier EVEN when dining out.

I know Applebees, Olive Garden, Chick-Fil-A, Golden Corral and IHOP don’t exactly come to mind when you think of Nutrisystem BUT you can dine at these and many other local restaurants while on Nutrisystem.

Granted my first month on Nutrisystem I didn’t dine out at all.  Truth is I was scared.  I loved the weight loss and feared every meal would lead me down a path of packing on the pounds.  However, by the second month I starting using my Nutrisystem tools - The Leaf, the handy Dining Out Guide and NUMI app - to make healthIER choices all the time.

What’s really great about being on Nutrisystem, besides …

March Madness Collector's Bills

March Madness is here, and Swagbucks is celebrating with "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 Amazon, PayPal

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. Here’s what you need to know to get your 200 SB Bonus(and don’t worry, you don’t have to make a purchase to complete a pattern):
Shop Swago will begin on Monday, March 27th at 9am PT/12pm ET, 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 signifying the action item is complete.You have a limited amount of time to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.Be…

Limited Time Deal - Get $100 to spend at JC Penney for $80 after cash back (US Only)

Want to know how to get $100 to spend at JCPenney for only $80? I have the hack for you right here, and it's all through the online rewards site Swagbucks. Here's what you do:
1. Sign up for Swagbucks here  - You'll become my referral, and you'll learn why that's a good thing below.  2. Go to MyGiftCardsPlus and buy a $100 JC Penney gift card. You'll get 3% cash back, which gets you 300 SB points ($3).
3. Spend your $100 gift card at JCPenney through Swagbucks shop and get 12% Cash Back plus a $5 Bonus (1200 SB points + 500 SB points) if you are a new JCPenney customer or haven't purchased on JCPenney in 1 year. You can also take advantage of coupons and specials available to Swagbucks members.
That's already $21. However, if you sign up through me first, you'll get an additional $5 in bonuses as part of a special promotion in the month of March. So that's $26 total in cash back for $100 in shopping money at JC Penney.

Swag Garden Swag Code Extravaganza (Canada and US)

 Spring has sprung, and Swagbucks is having a Swag Code Extravaganza to mark the occasion, which is one of the easiest ways to earn SB! What are SB you ask? SB are points you earn on Swagbucks, a website where you can get gift cards for the things you do online - I've gotten TONS OF GIFT CARDS thanks to Swagbucks! I can't decide if my favorite gift cards are the Walmart, JC Penneys, Macys or OMG so many to choose from.  Not a Swagbucks member yet?  These are the best days to start! 

It takes place Wednesday, March 22nd at 7am PDT and goes until 5pm PDT! All you have to do is look out for the Swag Code notifications, enter the code, and you earn SB (which can be redeemed for gift cards)! There will be 6 Swag Codes throughout the day worth a total of 40 SB!

Click here to sign up today!

Look out for the Swag Codes all over Swagbucks!

Earn Big with the St. Patrick's Day Collector's Bill - 3/17 ONLY

Hey Swagbucks folks! In honor of St. Patrick's Day, Swagbucks has a one-day-only Collector's Bill worth 17 SB. You can get it randomly from Search, and if you get it, you'll also get an additional 20 SB bonus! It'll be available all day today (Friday).

If you're not a member of Swagbucks yet, you can create your account now and earn points called SB for doing things like searching the web, shopping, answering surveys, discovering deals, and watching videos! You can then take those points and turn them into gift cards from Amazon, Walmart, Starbucks, Target, PayPal, or hundreds of other retailers.

I really use Swagbucks.  I blog about things I love and I LOVE Swagbucks.  I try to get all my family and friends on board with Swagbucks because they really are an easy way to save money at all of our favorite stores.  Earlier today, I used my points towards a Walmart gift card and used that gift card in my Walmart Grocery Pickup and even saved a few bucks thanks to the pro…

Get 3900 SB when you spend $20 on your first meal from Munchery

For people in select cities, you can earn almost $40 in gift cards for trying a new food delivery service called Munchery. Here's how you can take advantage of this offer:

1. Click here to sign up for Swagbucks if you're not already a member;

2. Get the 3900 SB (equal to $39 in gift cards) when you spend $20 to try yourr favorite chef-prepared meals delivered to your doorstep from Munchery.* An additional $3.95 delivery charge + an $8.95/month membership fee after 30 Day Free Trial make this deal a fantastic offer. You spend a total of $33 and $39 in gift cards, meaning that you're getting paid $6 to try a new solution for dinner.

Swagbucks allows you to earn SB points for trying all sorts of new services and products as well as shopping online, watching videos, answering surveys, and even just searching the web. Then you redeem those points for gift cards from places like Amazon, Starbucks, Target, Walmart, PayPal Cash, and more!

*Offer not available in all areas - Ne…

My Nutrisystem Journey Week 6 and 5 Protein Rich Egg Recipes #NSNation #Ad

When people ask what I'm doing to lose the weight and I reply "Nutrisystem", I'm often asked "how's your diet going?"  Diet?  Nutrisystem isn't a diet, it's a program.  I like to think of Nutrisystem as a mean of helping me reprogram my nutritional habits.

SECRET WORD:  EGG

I'm eating healthier meals.  Making better food choices and losing weight along the way.  I'm learning how to use food as fuel.  It's all about finding the proper mix of good carbs, high protein, high fiber foods to keep me going without packing on the extra pounds.

When it comes to protein, few foods pack the protein power of an egg.  Eggs are the PERFECT snack.  You can boil 'em, scramble 'em, saute' 'em add 'em to your salad and so much more.
Eggs are powerful little sources of protein and can be prepared in so many ways.  Eggs are low in calories and high in protein and a wonderful addition to your Nutrisystem meal plan.
Nutrisystem includes a f…

Spring Reading Team Challenge

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!  If you've never tried Swagbucks before because you didn't know where to begin, their Team Challenges are a great way to learn the ropes! Their latest, the Spring Reading Team Challenge, begins Monday, March 20th.  Here's how you can join the challenge and the site: 1. Click here to join the challenge and be assigned to a team. Pre-registration is going on right now! If you don't already have an account, you can sign up on this page as well. 2. Starting March 20th at 8am PT, in addition to earning SB you'll contribute points to your teams total as you complete different activities on Swagbucks. 3. Check back on the page often to see the scores and wh…

Swagbucks Spring Reading Team Challenge (USA and 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!  If you've never tried Swagbucks before because you didn't know where to begin, their Team Challenges are a great way to learn the ropes! Their latest, the Spring Reading Team Challenge, begins Monday, March 13th.  Here's how you can join the challenge and the site: 1. Click here to join the challenge and be assigned to a team. Pre-registration is going on right now! If you don't already have an account, you can sign up on this page as well. 2. Starting February 13th at 8am PT, in addition to earning SB you'll contribute points to your teams total as you complete different activities on Swagbucks.
3. Check back on the page often to see the scores and w…

A LADY’S CODE OF MISCONDUCT by Megan Frampton – Blog Tour

I am so excited to be a part of the book tour celebrating the release of From the USA Today bestselling author of Fool Me Twice, the 2015 RITA AWARD Winner for Historical Romance and AND LUCK BE A LADY, AN RT BOOK REVIEWS NOMINEE FOR BEST BOOK OF 2015 HISTORICAL NOVEL

A LADY’S CODE OF MISCONDUCT
Fifth in the Rules for the Reckless Series
By Meredith Duran
Pocket Books
Publication Date: February 28, 2017
ISBN: 9781501139024
Price: $7.99

About the book:

USA TODAY bestselling author Meredith Duran’s A LADY’S CODE OF MISCONDUCT is the fifth sizzling novel in the Rules for the Reckless series—a sexy and evocative Regency romance between a famous heiress and an infamous crime lord.

A DEAL WITH the DEVIL…

Trapped in the countryside, facing an unwanted marriage and the theft of her fortune, Jane Mason is done behaving nicely. To win her freedom, she’ll strike a deal with the most dangerous man she knows—a rising star in politics, whose dark good looks mask an even darker heart.

…NEVER GOES TO P…

Bedtime for Baby Book Reviews: God Bless Our Baby

When the Littlest One heard the news he was going to be a big brother, he was so excited knowing FINALLY he wouldn't be the "Littlest One" anymore.  Well, the NEW Littlest One is here and she is a doll.  Big brother marvels at someone smaller than him and he is such a wonderful big brother.  He helps take care of his little sis whenever he can. 

God Bless Our Baby is a whimsical read written by Hannah C. Hall and shares the story of a group of animals who are anticipating the birth of a new baby.
Have you heard the exciting news? A special someone’s on the way!