May Favorites

Here are my May Favorites

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Kitchen Favorites

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I received 2 new coffee cups last month – and I am in love with them! I received them from Wild Eye Coffee Mugs,  a wholesale company, but you can buy from their online retailers.

And speaking of mugs… have you tried Duncan Hines “Cake in a Mug”, well that is what we call it in our house!  🙂  … so delicious!

Favorite Toys

The girls are really loving coloring and playing with these markers from Educational Insights Rainbow Prancers Puppet-on-a-Stick Markers.  We were introduced to these last summer, but they are still a big hit in our house.

Beauty Favorites

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I really love Beeseential products.  Our current favorite is their foaming soap.  I have replace all of our soap with this brand.  I love that it nourishes your hands and doesn’t dry them out.  It smell is wonderful too.

Favorites in the Bedroom

I also love Beesential’s Original Honey Hand & Body Cream in Relaxing Lavender.  I’ve been using it on the girls before bed.

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PeachSkinSheetsOh my!  … These are my new favorite sheets!  You can buy them on amazon, and they are amazing!  I’ve washed them a few times, and they are still wonderful!

 

Review of SteamMachine Model 53

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I’m always looking for new ways to clean my house without chemicals.  This is why I am in  love with the SteamMachine Model 53.  You can clean with just water and vinegar — no harsh chemicals!

When I received my SteamMachine Model 53 in the mail I was so excited!  I wanted to try out every attachment & clean the entire house!  The SteamMachine comes with a Microfiber Towel, Microfiber Pad, Chenille Pad, Attachment adaptor, Large brush, Jet nozzle, Extension wands (2), Nylon brushes (small & large), Brass brushes (small & large), Squeegee & Fabric steamer, Fabric steamer bonnet, Measuring cup & Funnel.
The SteamMachine Model 53 uses pressurized steam that blasts the surface, while the cleaning pad wipes away the dirt and grime. For indoor use, this machine can be used on floors, stovetops, ovens, kitchen counter tops, bathroom fixtures and even barbecue grills.

The SteamMachine Model 53 leaves behind no chemical residue and kills 99% of all germs and bacteria including; e-coli, salmonella, and staph. Use the steam mop to disinfect your hard floor surfaces; such as tile, vinyl and linoleum. The SteamMachine uses pressurized, high temperature, steam to loosen and dissolve dirt, grease, grime and kill bacteria.

I really loved this machine.  I had the most fun cleaning off all the stuck toothpaste and hand smears around the house.  I also found it useful cleaning hard to reach places like around the sink and toilet.

Check out the machine here

A Sanctified Vessel – Object Lesson

That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour.  1 Thessalonians 4:4 KJV

Living a holy life and possessing ourselves with honor includes watching our actions and our thought processes.  How do we dress – do we honor God in how we look?  Do our motives promote cleaning living, or our we careless in our actions around others?  What do we watch on TV, or what movies do we watch?

As Christians we must be careful not to follow the trends of the World, and strive to live a holy life pleasing to God.

1 John 2: 15-17:

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

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IT IS SCIENCE TIME!

This is such a fun science experiment to explain this lesson.  It seemed like everyone from the neighborhood came by our apartment to see what we were doing!  🙂

The water represents the world.  The oil in the Jar represents us in Christ.  The red food coloring represents the sins of the world.

I explained to the girls how the oil separates from the water.  See how it shines in the sunlight!?!  This is how God wants us to be — shiny and bright, not of the world.

Sometimes we sin and become like the world.  So we stirred up the oil and water to represent us in sin.   I explained that when we sin — we can repent our sins, and Jesus forgives us.  When then become brand new in Christ – shiny and new again!

As I was talking the oil repealed the food coloring – and began separating from the water.

Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world!

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John 3:16:

 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

God, help me to live a clean life, one that honors You in every way.  Help me to cultivate thoughts and habits pleasing to You.  Amen.

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Impossible by Meredith Andrews

One of my favorite things to do is listen to worship music.  It gives me a chance to enjoy the Lord’s presence,  become refreshed, and be encouraged.  🙂

I spend most of my days down in the dumps – just existing.  I struggle with depression, and enjoying daily life.  I came across this song the other day by Meredith Andrews, called “Impossible.”  It is such a comforting song.

This song is such a nice reminder that even though the world will constantly fails us, God never does.   He walks before us every day – and it is impossible for Him to fail.

Review of Glassesshop.com

Recently, Glassesshop.com sent me a free pair of eyeglasses to review.   They are a great website in which you can order prescription sunglasses and eyeglasses.

Being a single mom who wears contacts,  glasses were not something I could ever afford.  Everytime I’d get my yearly checkup,  the doctor would ask me to consider purchasing a pair of eyeglasses,  but they weren’t in my budget.  This is why I love Glassesshop.com, they have a lot of cool glasses and frames that you can choose from; and they are very reasonably priced.  

A feature I loved about the website was that you can upload a photo of yourself, and see how your glasses will look on you before ordering the glasses online.

You can track your order on the website by entering your tracking number in the box at the top of the page. If you have any questions, Glasseshop.com has a “Live Chat” link that will allow you to chat directly with a customer service representative. You can also call or email them using the contact information at the bottom of the page.

 The eye glasses I ordered arrived in a small white box. When I opened it, the glasses were in a clear white case with Glassesshop.com printed on it.

 You can use my coupon code GSHOT50 to get 50% off of eyeglasses and prescription sunglasses with free lenses!  This code does not include frames that are on sale.  If you invite your friend to the site, you can get $10.00 off when they use your coupon code.  Your friend will also get 50% off of their first order!  Check out the Glassesshop.com website for more details!

Candlemart by Hanna’s Review and Giveaway

Disclaimer: I received products in exchange for an honest review.

I love candles.  My mother and I always smell candles anytime we go shopping together.  I have many good memories growing up, smelling and discussing candles with her.

I was so thrilled to review products from candlmart by Hanna’s.  I decided to pick products with a Spring theme.

Spring Trios Triple Pour Lilac Breeze Scented Wax Melts

Fresh Cotton Trios include: 4 Periwinkle Pansy melt cubes, 4 Violet Petals melt cubes, 4 Lilac Breeze cubes

I love having melts because they are wonderful at giving off a smell without the flame.  This is important to me because I have 2 preschoolers running around — and a cat!  AND let me tell you what — these melts smell divine!  It is like bringing a spring  bouquet into your home.  I absolutely love them.  You can melt one fragrance, or mix and match.

    Lilac Petals Scented Small Pint Jar Candle

    Lilacs hold a special place in my heart.  My mom had a lilac bush in our backyard growing up.  We always had fresh cut lilacs in our kitchen.  The smell of lilacs always warms my heart.. so this candle was a must!  In fact, I let out a squeel of excitement when I ran across this candle on the website!  This candle has a fresh picked lilac smell with pear-splashed medley of boxwood, violet, precious woods, and berry-infused musk.  Trust me … this candle is heaven in a jar!!

    Wild Berry Scented Wax Melts 

    The next prodct I picked was the Wild Berry melts.  They smell of juicy blackberries and cranberries — dusted with confectioners sugar.  I really love the smell of berries — so this was a great pick for me.  I used to go in our backyard as a kid and pick berries to make homemade pies — So I love that these melts smell just like berry pie!  

    Aromabeads Lavender Thyme Scented Canister Candle 

    I love having lavender candles around the house.  They are perfect for burning right before bedtime.  They have a calming affect on the girls, and help us get ready for bed.  They are also perfect to burn during bubble baths. 

    The aromabeads candles provide a unique burning experience because they burn different, and release fragrance into the air faster.  This is why I picked a lavender fragrance for this particular candle type.  It has a Lavender Thyme Fragrance with notes of jasmine flowers, and rose petals blended with the sultry notes of sandalwood and musk.

    Peony Fields Scented Small Pint Jar Candle

    I really love the smell of Peony flowers.  This candle has the smell of peonies with also hints of Rose, cyclamen, white musk and tender woods.  My girls really love this particular candle.  They kept wanting to smell it.

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    Kid Friendly Banana Pie

    I love making deserts that the girls can help me with!  Here is an easy recipe for Banana Pudding Pie.

     Have the kids mix a tub of whipcream and pudding together.   Banana flavor,  or vanilla. 

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     Then place banana slices on the bottom of gramcracker crust. (I recommend bananas that have ripen for awhile.)  If they are too ripe, they don’t taste as good.  Add whipcream mixture on top of the banana slices.

    Cover with more banana slices, and place in refrigerator for a few hours.