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4 Things to Know about Watch Night Services

One of my family's annual New Year's Eve traditions is to attend Watchnight Services at our church.
The service usually begins around 9 pm and last a few minutes after midnight.  Our church usually fellowships with another local church and we alternate as host year after year.
Prior to moving to the Souf, I was unfamiliar with Watchnight Services.  I had attended Midnight Mass services and I've attended New Year's Eve Worship Services in the past but I never heard of Watchnight.
The Watch night Service is a worship service held in many African American churches.  However, the service did not begin in the African American church.  In fact, John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church, is credited with starting the services as an alternative to other New Year Eve's traditions.  
Here are 4 interesting things to know about Watch night Services.
1.  Watch Night services are held in Methodist and Presbyterian churches.  However, the practice of prayer services to welcome the…

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Got ONE Hour? Then You've STILL Got Time to Get Holiday Greeting Cards #LoveHallmark

This post is sponsored by Hallmark
I've mailed my Christmas cards already.  Yes, I'm that person who has a list, checks it twice and starts sending cards out the day after Thanksgiving.  

This year as I was scrolling through pics I came across a pic of the kids volunteering with our youth group.  It's rare to snap a pic of ALL the kids in our volunteer youth group.  The kids attend different schools and only get together once every 3 months.  I thought it would be nice to surprise the kids with a holiday card featuring a picture of the group.
I snapped these pics during our volunteer efforts at the local foodbank.  The kids sorted and boxed massive boxes of food which will be distributed to needy senior citizens and  families during the holidays.  Many of our youth have been volunteering since they were in elementary school and continue to serve even as they prepare to enter college.  
With their busy schedules snapping a pic of all of them together is quite a feat.  However, …

Swago: Holiday Shopping Edition Is Back!

The holidays are here and the online rewards site Swagbucks has a smart and fun way for you to earn and save while you spend.

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.

Click here to get started!
Here’s what you need to know to get your 300 SB ($3) Bonus(and don’t worry, you don’t have to make a purchase to complete a pattern): Shop Swago will begin on Monday, December 18th 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 t…

FERDINAND in theaters today!

Winter School Break has officially begun.  Looking for a great movie to see with the kids during the Winter Break?  Check out Ferdinand which opens in theaters nationwide TODAY. “Ferdinand” tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart. After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Set in Spain, Ferdinand proves you can’t judge a bull by its cover.

From Blue Sky Studios and Carlos Saldanha, the director of “Rio” and inspired by the beloved book “The Story of Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson, “Ferdinand” is a heartwarming animated comedy adventure with an all-star cast that includes John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez, Anthony Anderson and many more.

Check out this fun FERDINAND clip set to Nick Jonas’ Golden Globe-nominated song “Home,” as well as the official music video for the track.

I'm looking forward to seeing one of our favorite tales b…

Holiday Gift Guide for Star Wars: The Last Jedi Fans

The long anticipated movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theatres this week and the Three Boys and an Old Lady household has tickets in hand. Since this mom is all about Disney… ALL things Disney so it only made sense for me to put together a list of Star Wars gifts from our favorite store… the Disney Store.

Buying gifts can be difficult but choosing a gift featuring their favorite movie usually makes for a thoughtful gift.

Check out these fab gift ideas we found. Click on the item description to go directly to the Disney Store website where you can view more item details and shop to your heart's content.

Stormtrooper Helmet Cup - Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Chewbacca 1-Cup Coffee Maker - Star Wars
Stormtrooper Toaster
Death Star Toaster - Star Wars
Star Wars: The Last Jedi Tote by Dooney & Bourke Star Wars 2-Quart Slow Cooker
BB-8 One-Piece PJ for Adults - Star Wars
BB-9E Plush - Star Wars: The Last Jedi - 6''
Star Wars: The Last Jedi Figure Set
Star Wars Socks Box Set for Adults by…

Save on Red Baron® Deep Dish Singles with Ibotta

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and its advertiser, all opinions are mine alone. #RedBaronHolidaySavings #CollectiveBias

Kids are home for two weeks for Winter break and so it's off to Sam's Club to stock up the deep freezer with their favorites.  Pizza, pizza and pizza.  So we'll wrap the last of the gifts and pop some pizzas in the oven and just enjoy spending a some much needed family time with my three boys and little old lady.  
Craving a delicious, deep dish fix for dinner? Looking to save you and your family time and money during this busy holiday season? Pick up Red Baron® Deep Dish Single Serve Pizza from your local Sam's Club! Don’t miss this great Ibotta offer! When you buy Red Baron® Deep Dish Pizzas at Sam's Club, you will earn $2.50! *Offer available through 12/31/17.

Earn Free Gift Cards during the Santa's Li'l Helpers Team Challenge

In need of some extra spending power as for your holiday shopping? Swagbucks is holding a Santa's Li'l Helpers Team Challenge to help you earn free gift cards! 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 and earn points towards free gift cards and PayPal cash! The challenge runs from Monday, December 11th until 12pm PT on Friday, December 15th.

Here's how you can join the challenge and the site:
1. Click here to join the challenge and be assigned to a team. 2. In addition to earning SB, you'll contribute to your team's total as you complete different activities on Swagbucks. 3. Check back on the page often to see the scores a…

Quick and Easy Java Nutrisystem Protein Shake

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  Many thanks to Nutrisystem for providing products for my review. My sister and I went shopping over the weekend.  I can't believe we finished up the last of our holiday shopping.  *pats self on the back*  When I saw her at church the next day she said she went home and crashed.  Me, on the other hand, I went to a Christmas bazaar and play later that same evening with the kids.

I had one of my Java Nutrisystem Protein Shakes earlier that day and that was the boost I needed to keep me going all day long.

I've been finding ways to mix my Nutrisystem Nutricrush Shake mixes into some of my favorite recipes.  I love iced coffee so I figured it would make for a tasty coffee drink and I was right.
All you need is a little sugar free flavored syrup or a few spices, some black coffee and a Nutricrush Shake Mix and you're on your way to something amazing. This Java Protein Shake is the perfect pick me up after a long day of holiday shopping or playi…

Huge Cash Back deals during the Swagbucks Green Monday Sale!

You can earn money while saving it during Green Monday! The Cashback Shopping site Swagbucks is offering big cash back- 2x or more -at a number of different stores today only. They're also offering big payouts on a varieties of different deals and offers from companies that would make great gift ideas. Get great deals without waiting in lines or even leaving your home!

If you're not familiar with Swagbucks, they offer cash back in the form of points when you shop. Then you can turn those points into gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Target, or PayPal cash. You can also earn points for discovering deals, watching videos, answering surveys and more! 

Click here to take advantage of the cash back, just create your Swagbucks account when prompted (it takes less than 30 seconds) and then you're all set!

As a special bonus, if you sign up through me you get a 300 SB ($3) bonus when you earn your first 300 SB before January 1st! This site's a great way to …

Winter Is Coming Giveaway Hop

Winter officially begins on December 21 but temps here are still hovering around the mid to upper 60s so it really feels like Spring.  However, I know that could change in the blink of an eye.

To celebrate, I'm partnering with The Kids Did It and The Mommy Island along with over 100 other fab blogs to bring you an awesome giveaway.

One lucky Three Boys and an Old Lady blog reader will welcome Winter with some of our favorite tunes of the season courtesy of Hillsong United.  12 festive tracks including Joy to the World, O Holy Night, O Come All Ye Faithful and some soon to be classics by Grammy Award Nominee, Capitol CMG recording artist, Hillsong Worship.

Take a listen

Thanks for stopping by to enter this giveaway and we hope you will visit the other blogs and enter their giveaways also.  Good luck everyone.
Winter Is Coming Giveaway Hop - Hillsong Worship Christmas CD

FERDINAND - charging into theaters December 15!

Ferdinand” tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart. After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Set in Spain, Ferdinand proves you can’t judge a bull by its cover.

From Blue Sky Studios and Carlos Saldanha, the director of “Rio” and inspired by the beloved book “The Story of Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson, “Ferdinand” is a heartwarming animated comedy adventure with an all-star cast that includes John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez, Anthony Anderson and many more.

In Theaters December 15, 2017 but here's a sneak peek just for you.

FERDINAND Official Channels
TWITTER: @FerdinandMovie
INSTAGRAM: @FerdinandMovie
HASHTAG: #Ferdinand

Nella the Princess Knight Coming to DVD January 2018

Nickelodeon's unconventional princess, Nella, is bringing action-packed adventures into homes with her first DVD release, Nella the Princess Knight, featuring eight exciting episodes from the show's first season. On January 30th, 2018, fans can join Nella on daring quests as she transforms into a princess knight and courageously defends her kingdom. Whether she's searching for a lost invitation or rescuing a phoenix, Nella is always ready to stand up for what's right. Nella the Princess Knight is produced by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media distribution and will be available on DVD January 30, 2018 for the suggested retail price of $10.99. Nella the Princess Knight contains the following episodes: Princess Nella's Orc-hestra                  That's What Best Friends Are For                    Big Birthday Surprise              Sir Clod                      The Blaine Game                    Knightly Knight Dragons������������…

Kingdom Family Devotional by Dr. Tony Evans

This new devotional from Dr. Tony Evans and his son Jonathan Evans will provide both single and married parents with a resource tool to maximize those family devotional times, such as the dinner hour or bedtime. The family virtues–based devotional provides 52 separate topics, one for each week of the year, and five devotionals within each topic that will guide devotional times Monday through Friday. 

This is a wonderful way to build a spiritually strong family week by week, day after day—a perfect way to head into the weekend. Topics range from the basics of the faith—such as salvation, spiritual warfare, prayer, forgiveness, and discipleship—to essentials of living as followers of Christ: money, prayer, family, friends, and priorities. The subject matter is simplified so even young children can grasp important concepts. This is a perfect resource for busy families.

My Thoughts:  I love devotionals. Devotionals are a great way to reflect upon the word daily and give you prayerful comfor…

Save on Tickets to Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party! + some Activity Sheets

Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party! is on tour and making stops at Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA and City National Civic Auditorium in San Jose, CA.

I am so excited to take the kids to this show.  It brings back so many memories for me.  I grew up watching Sesame Street.  Now granted I was an adult when the Tickle Me Elmo craze happened I was so happy to get my hands on one of those coveted hot toys of that time.  I think we still have a Tickle Me Elmo in the attic somewhere.  In fact I'm sure of it. 
Remember Maria?  Remember Gordon? These are Sesame Street friends from way, way, way back in the day. 

I can't wait to see all our favorites Sesame Street friends live and in person! 

Jump to the beat on Sesame Street at an all-new, interactive show that unfolds on one of the world’s most famous streets. It’s the funniest, furriest party in the neighborhood!

Jump to the beat with your friends on Sesame Street! Introducing an all-new, interactive show that unfolds on one of the world’s most…

Get more free gift cards for the Holidays from Swagbucks during December's Swago with Spin & Win (US)

The digital rewards site Swagbucks is offering big payouts during their December "Swago" promotion starting Monday, December 4th at 9am PT and running until Monday, December 11th! Swago is just like bingo, but in this case you're filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. If you're thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it, meaning you can get more gift cards faster. 

Here are a few tips:
Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete. They can be anything from getting a search win, completing a survey, or just visiting one of our popular stores!
Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.
You have until 12pm PT/3pm ET on Monday, December 11th to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.�����…

Popcorn Garland

This post is sponsored by SC Johnson.  All opinions are my own. #ZiplocHolidayUAI
One of my earliest Christmas memories is sitting on my grandma’s living room floor stringing popcorn with the classic western “Gunsmoke” blaring in the background. I’m sure we ate more popcorn than we strung on the tree, but that never seemed to bother my grandma.

Unlike my grandma, I don’t pop corn on the stovetop. I like the convenience of popping corn in a microwave. It’s quicker and there’s no mess to clean up.

It’s a tradition I’ve shared with my kids and one I hope to share with my grandkids one day. Packing popcorn in a holiday @Ziploc brand Snap 'n Seal container with the instructions for paperbag popcorn plus a holiday note, shares the tradition that can be passed on to others in the hope that they make it a tradition in their home.
Paper bag popcorn is a super easy way to start on your popcorn garland and a great way to make sure everyone gets a bag of their very own to string, eat or str…

Holiday Beverage Collectors Bills

Now that the Holiday Season is upon us, Swagbucks is marking the occasion with "Holiday Beverage" Collector's Bills! "Collector's Bills" are special SB point values with designs that you win randomly while searching the web with Swagbucks' Yahoo-powered search engine. Collect all 6 and you get an additional SB Bonus! Once you've collected enough SB, you can redeem them for gift cards to stores like Amazon, PayPal Cash, and many more! Here's all the information for this week's Collector's Bills: Search the webthrough the Swagbucks search fromMonday, December 4th through Sunday, December 10th, and when you get a search win, you may get a special Collector’s Bill valued at either: 4 SB6 SB9 SB11SB14 SB22 SB When 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 6 Collector’s Bills and you’ll instantly earn a20 SB Bonus! Keep searching til you find them all…

The Heart of the Home and a review of Bri McKoy's Come and Eat

I've heard it said that the kitchen is the heart of the house and I couldn't agree more.  I have so many memories of standing in the kitchen while my mom was preparing dinner and chatting about the happenings of the day.  Or sipping coffee with my grandma in her Kentucky home.  She had one of those peculator coffee pots and one of those ceramic cow shaped creamer bowls on her dining room set.  Our dinner table holds so many memories.

Author Bri McKoy shares in her book Come and Eat the power of the table.  Her writings reminds me of the song, At the Table by Richard Smallwood.  Smallwood writes whatever you are seeking is at the table where the feast of the Lord is going on.  Think about it.  There's peace at the table.  There's hope.  There's joy.  There's pain.  Everything is at the table.

12 chapters and 12 interesting perspectives on how the table shapes relationships.  Overall a great read that warms the heart and soul and gives charge to readers to realize …