Posted by: hugapoohlouise | October 3, 2015

Happy Birthday Dad!



October 1st has always been a date that stood out in my mind from a very young age.  One because it was my earthly dad’s birthday and then after I started school it was also one of my best friends birthdays.  October 1st is still a special date in our lives.  I no longer live close to my best friend but it is still her special day.  My dad’s birthday’s care a little bit more meaning for him and us.

His birthday’s especially now that he is past 80 are ones that we make a big thing out of.  I celebrate each new day I am given with him by my Heavenly Father.  My dad celebrates that he can still get out of bed without help.  I pray each day for his salvation.  My dad prays each day that they won’t take his driver’s license away.  I pray that he will be alive when my girls graduate.  My dad wishes his aches and pains would go away.

We had a big celebration this year.  Twice in fact.  One with just my dad and my family.  We had homemade German Chocolate Cake and Root beer Floats.  My dad’s favorites.  We watched Emergency.  Not bad for a work night.  We will continue the celebration this Saturday too.

I promised my dad that I would not give his age away in this post all about him.  So I can’t tell you how old he is.  I am so thankful that the Lord gave me my dad and I am thankful for each new day He gives us.  I pray for the soul of my dad that he will see Jesus in my girls and will want to become His child.  I am thankful that my children have a relative from Pearl Harbor and they are interested in discovering the truth.

So I pray you have the best birthday ever, dad.

Until Next Time,


Posted by: hugapoohlouise | September 25, 2015

Melissa’s Gleanings….

It has been awhile since I posted a Melissa’s Gleaning post and I truly apologize, I let the busyness of life take me away from posting all that I am gleaning as I am reading through the Bible for what I believe is the 7th time.  I am so excited for next year, I am going to be doing something different when I read through the Bible I will be using the Discovery Bible Study Method to read and study the Word of God each day.  I haven’t decided on the translation yet, I think I will try to find a daily Bible in the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB).  So if you know of a daily Bible in the HCSB version please send the link I have been looking but not finding what I want.  I will also be in my quiet time before bed writing out books of the Bible.  I want to have one day as a legacy for my children one whole copy of all the Scripture inspired by God handwritten by me, not that I am anything special, just to have a handwritten copy.

I recently started back journaling, again I let the busyness of this life take me away from something that I really enjoy and that helps me stay sane.  I especially need each day the brain dump, usually before bed I will pour out the contents of my brain on paper so these thoughts do not swirl around in my head while I am trying to sleep.  Oh, how I missed you brain dump.  I have slept so well lately.  Thank you Lord, for drawing me back to journaling so I can connect with you in a way that works best for this child of yours.  You know I love to write and I love to talk so this is our way of connecting, thank you.

Journaling also helps me with prayer, I write out my prayers to the Lord each day and this really helps me to slow down and contemplate what I am praying for, whom I am praying for and how I can pray for them.  I know prayer journaling is not for everyone, but it works best for this girl and I am sticking to it!  One thing I have added to my prayer journaling is adding my to-do list to my prayers.  I look at my schedule for the next day and the things I think should be done and then I enter them into my prayer journal and pray about them I ask the Lord to order my steps as I go about my day in such a way that it brings Him the most glory.  I want to be a glory reflector.  I want to reflect Christ, don’t you?

I have also started back listing three things in my journal that I am grateful for, I will write more if need to but three is the minimum.  This helps me to remember to be thankful for each and everything that comes into my life.  It helps me stay focused on the Creator and my Lord.  You’ll be surprised the more you count blessings each day how you start looking for more.  Open our eye’s Lord to behold Your handiwork.  Then I list who, what, why I am praying for.  I write their name down (Melissa) and then a short reason behind it why I am praying for her.  That way I won’t forget to pray for them.

I am going to stop here lest you become bored with my gleanings.  Stay tuned for the next installment of Melissa’s Musings Prayer Journal and Bible Journal.

Until Next Time,



Posted by: hugapoohlouise | September 23, 2015

Celebrate the Whit Award with Adventures in Odyssey


Most people can think of one or two figures whose love and life example had a great impact on the formation of their spiritual foundation. It might be a coach, a Sunday school teacher or a parent or grandparent. Whatever the role, it’s hard to put a value on the investment these people make on a daily basis. In an effort to bring honor to these countless, quiet heroes, Adventures in Odyssey announces the John Avery Whitaker Award. Named after Odyssey’s resident leader and the namesake of Odyssey’s most famous attraction, Whit’s End, the award will be bestowed annually on one deserving mentor.

Like the Adventures in Odyssey character John Avery Whitaker, or “Whit” as he’s known by fans of the show, the person should be someone who is passionate about innovatively teaching children the truths expressed in the Bible. Those who create Adventures in Odyssey know that while Whit might be a fictitious character, there are thousands of real people just like him. “Our hope is that by bringing those people into the light, others will be inspired to follow their example,” says Dave Arnold, the executive producer of Adventures in Odyssey. “If we can spur mature believers in Christ to mentor and influence a generation being barraged with messages of compromise, we can turn the tide and encourage revival in our youth.”

Nominations are being accepted now through October 31 for the “Whits” out there in the world. Beginning on November 1, one nominee will be selected daily and awarded with a prize package including Adventures in Odyssey’s latest album, Taking the Plunge, and a DVD of the movie Beyond the Mask. One grand prize winner will be chosen and announced on November 20. This worthy recipient will receive more than $500 worth of Focus on the Family resources, including an Odyssey Adventure Club (OAC) membership. The OAC offers 24/7, on-the-go access to more than 800 episodes of Adventures in Odyssey, as well as a new, members-only episode every month. It is a safe, fun environment where the whole family can explore, create and imagine, all while learning biblical truth.

Nominations can be submitted via this form, or the information can be emailed to (See the Official Rules for all the details.)

To learn more about the John Avery Whitaker Award, visit Discover the Odyssey Adventure Club at or on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I received free access to Adventure’s In Odyssey Club to use in exchange for my honest product review. There are No affiliate links (money-making ideas) included in this post. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:“Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


By Stephen & Alex Kendrick

Inspired by the Kendrick Brothers’ movie War Room,

this exciting resource from the #1 best-selling team

behind the Love Dare and The Resolution for Men

is designed to help anyone—of any age—-

become a powerful person of prayer.  

The Battle Plan for Prayer begins with prayer’s core purpose,

its biblical design, and its impact throughout history. 

Readers will be guided scripturally through the fundamentals

of how effective prayer works, inspired towards a closer,

more intimate relationship with God,

and shown how to develop specific prayer strategies for each area of life.

 Prayer can accomplish what a willing God can accomplish.

It should be your first plan of attack in all of life’s battles,

not your last resort. If you want to experience the joy of

mightily answered prayer, then it’s time to engage with God at another level.

I have not seen the movie the War Room by the same authors of this book.  I know I think I am the only household on earth that has not been to the movies to see the War Room.  I wanted to finish this book before I went and saw it.  I was afraid the movie would taint my review of this book.  So now that we are on the same page here’s my review of The Battle Plan for Prayer.

In all honesty, I had to read through this book two times.  It is truly amazing.  If you only read one book other than the Bible this year it has to be this book.  I mean it!  The first time I read The Battle Plan for Prayer I read it from page one to the end without stopping.  The second time I read the book I followed the author’s example.  (shhh. I can’t give too much away or I would have to label my post “spoiler alert”).   Definitely follow the author’s example and prepare to see changes in your prayer life.  I know I did.   The Battle Plan for Prayer is a witness to answered prayer, it happened all the time in the legacy of the authors and it became the norm of their life to see prayers answered daily.

The Battle Plan for Prayer is full of personal examples from the author’s lives, hints, tips and ideas.  This was one of the things that really touched me.  Anyone can tell you to pray, anyone can show you their method how to pray, you can pray.  BUT, in this book the legacy of prayer is on each page and you can experience a legacy of prayer from the author’s own family dating back a few generations.  Scripturally based. Full of God’s Word, Quotes that reveal the prayer legacy in the Bible too.  An ongoing example of how prayer influenced the lives of men and women will encourage you the reader in developing and working your own battle plan of prayer.

The author’s ask you to join them and countless others on a journey of learning how to pray more Biblically and strategically.  To build your own war room of prayer.  This book starts out like basic training, now don’t let that scare you.  It starts out building a solid biblical foundation for prayer and takes you through the foundational passages and truths in the Bible and leads you to discover the many resources given to you by God to help us become powerful prayers and to pray with precision.  All along the way  you are given benefits of prayer, prayer’s purposes and how God answers.  This is an encouraging book that lifts up the heart that is longing after God’s.

The Battle Plan for Prayer is not some magic formula or book you read and you get all your prayers answered.  That is not how it works.  We pray for the glory of the LORD.  This book is meant to be a guide to lead the new prayer to deeper relationship and prayer with the Lord.  This book is meant to guide the seasoned prayer to battle all for the glory of God.

Get your copy today!

Until Next Time,



Disclosure of Material Connection:  I have not received any compensation for writing this post.  I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I received a copy of the book reviewed here to read in exchange for my honest product review.  There are No affiliate links (money-making ideas)  included in this post. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:“Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Posted by: hugapoohlouise | September 11, 2015

Word Notebooks Product Review

Word. sent me three pocket notebooks to review at my request.  I am currently involved in the Midori obsession.  I was looking for notebooks to fit my Midori A5 size.

red-floral_e59ed8f4-5b70-4d9a-b695-44dc73f551a8_grandeWord.  gratefully sent me a three pack of Red Floral & Skulls.  I didn’t read the fine print when I was looking for a notebook.  I needed an A5 size notebook and Word. notebooks measure 3.5″x5.5″  which is real small, small enough to fit nicely into your pocket.  A pocket on your shirt or your pants.  But, too small for Melissa of Melissa’s Musings.  I am a large writer, I have very loopy handwriting and it is huge, wide rule paper is too small for me.  So needless to say it was not an ideal fit for me and these Word. notebooks.  But don’t despair, keep reading as they may work for you.

From the Word. website: “Word.” Notebooks are designed to help organize your life while looking good in the process. Each pocket notebook features 48 pages of lined paper with the unique Word. bullet point system. Designed and made in the USA, Word. Notebooks are available in a variety of colors and styles.”

I loved the color of the notebooks that were sent to me to use and abuse.  I was also very surprised at the quality of the paper.  No Bleed through.  Yes, as a pen lover and journaler this is very important.  Very smooth paper to write on too.  If you are a daily notebook such as myself and Word. you know that the perfect notebook can take years to find and when you do find it, you order multiple copies and hoard them.  Word. notebooks are stylish and functional which is hard to come by in notebooks.  I am also amazed at the fact that Word. wanted to standardize notebooks for everyone so no matter what you were writing you could rest assured you could find the perfect notebook for it.  I love that they wanted a standard in the industry, but I am not a standard kind of person.  I need variety in my life to be happy, I need to have one shaped this way and one shaped this size and so on and so forth in order to have a world that I thrive in.

I noticed on Word. that most of their notebooks are sold in packs of three.  Each Word. notebook contains 48 pages.  I also noticed that their notebooks sell out fast and they will reflect that on the website, but one huge advantage is you can request to be notified when they come back into stock.  But keep in mind that some do enter retirement never to return again so if you find your favorite cover I wouldn’t delay I would order it.  You can click on the word (Word.) anywhere within this blog post to be taken to their website and browse their product selection.

Uses For Word:

  • Daily, Weekly, monthly to-do lists
  • A packing list before your next trip
  • Restaurants you want to try out
  • Song to download
  • Crafting your ultimate bucket list
  • Grocery List
  • Beers you want to try
  • Keep track and follow your workout routine
  • Holiday Shopping lists


11881684_1664349433784055_1854841762_nBe sure to tell Word. notebooks that Melissa’s Musings sent you as you check out their huge selection of pocket notebooks.  Also I would love hear how you used your Word. notebook and I know they would too.

Until Next Time,


Disclosure of Material Connection:  I have not received any compensation for writing this post.  I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I received one three pack of Word. notebooks to use in exchange for my honest product review.  There are No affiliate links (money-making ideas)  included in this post. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:“Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | September 7, 2015

Someone is getting a new planner!

What an amazing way to celebrate Labor Day!  We were running a contest here on Melissa’s Musings for a new planner.  As most of you who read the blog regularly know I am a planner tramp.  I am addicted to planners, I must try them all and find out if they are better than the one I am currently using.  So I did another planner review, check it out here on the blog.

So without further ado, I wanted to announce that we have another winner here on Melissa’s Musings….


Sarah you were the one who posted a comment on September 1, 2015 and you are looking forward to starting with your planner as soon as possible.  You have 72 hours, I am giving you longer as it is Labor Day and you might be on holiday.  To respond to me via email (svnhm1 at yahoo dot com) with your mailing address and full name and I will have Action Day send you your new planner!

Thank you to each and every one of you that entered.

Until Next Time,




Posted by: hugapoohlouise | September 3, 2015

PortaPocket by Undercover Solutions, LLC Review

As a newbie in the running arena, I’ve stumbled upon a few things that would make any runners life easier.  One of those such items is PortaPocket by Undercover Solutions, LLCPortaPockets are simple, handy, comfy and they actually work.  I shared a while back about the accessory I was sent to use while running to protect my cellphone and how it did not fit.

So Kendra saw the post and reached out to me with a solution.  Her PortaPocket.  I received one PortaPocket in exchange for an honest review.

PortaPocket_Combo_Kit_-_black_L_largeAs I shared above I began running a little over a year ago and one of the struggles I’ve faced is keeping my cellphone safe, dry and not bouncing as I am running.  This has been a huge challenge for me.  I’ve tried fanny packs, other cellphone holders and none of them worked.  Either they were too bulky and bounced or my Note3 did not fit and I could not use.  Until I received my first PortaPocket.  My Samsung Note3 actually fits into the XL PortaPocket.  I can not use the velcro closure at the top though.  My phone with my OtterBox is just too big.  But I made it work in order to use it for 30 days to be able to write a review.

Shown in the picture above is the PortaPocket.  One thing I want to make you aware of when you go to the PortaPocket website by clicking on the name anywhere within this post is if you order make sure that you order the combo package that includes the strap.  Don’t just get the PortaPocket also get the method to secure it to your body.  I see on the website that you can purchase the pocket by itself, which is an awesome idea for a replacement, BUT you will need the strap.

I loved the PortaPocket, I just wish it came in colors, like maybe purple.  I ran with the PortaPocket attached to my waist with my Note3 pointing up since I could not close the top securely due to the size of my phone.  It does not bounce and it does not slip.  It is made out of poly coated neoprene which makes them very lightweight and comfy to wear.  I had no slippage while running nor did it ever come loose once I made sure that all the velcro was properly attached to each other.

XL_PortPocket_Pocket_largePictured above is the PortaPocket without the attaching strap.  There are two different attaching methods.  One for lighter weight items and then one for heavier items.  You can use your PortaPocket for activities other than exercise.  You can use it to conceal personal items when you are away from home.  I will be using my PortaPocket when we go see Winter at the Clearwater Aquarium. I will be using it to carry my debit card, driver’s license and a few other important documents.  I will have them handy and they will not be noticeable or accessible to thieves.

Another great feature of the PortaPocket is the fabric is sweat and water-resistant so you can use them confidently even if you
are on the beach etc. Keep in mind the pocket flap will not prevent the contents of your pockets from getting wet if you are IMMERSED in water as while swimming.  According to PortaPockets website they are working on a waterproof case so stay tuned for that.

I was very impressed with this product.  It has been through many miles of trails running with me.  It is still going strong.  I have washed my PortaPocket and air-dried as per the directions and the velcro is still holding during a 4 mile run.  My phone is still protected and I am still safe while I am away from home.

Thank you PortaPocket.

Until Next Time,






Posted by: hugapoohlouise | August 31, 2015

Happy Birthday Jason!

Lordy, Lordy, look who turns the big 40!  Happy Birthday to my husband who turns the BIG 40 this year.

I pray that you have a special day and that the Lord blesses it and blesses you for many more birthdays to come.  I know me and the girls are excited about celebrating with you and helping to make the day you were born special.  Thank you for being such a wonderful husband, father and friend.

I wanted to post pictures but the girls told me you would not appreciate it so I refrained.  Although it was hard.


Have a happy day!

Until Next Time,


Posted by: hugapoohlouise | August 24, 2015

Action Day Academic Planner Review

Are you ready to go back to school?  How about your family?  Or is your house like mine was earlier this month a state of chaos.  Backpacks, notebooks, shoes, pencils everywhere….

Have I got a new review for you that will help you go back to school and be organized.  It has helped me and my family finally have some back to school peace.  I am talking about Action Day Academic Planner.  It is designed for action.  It has become my school and kids command center.  I have my own personal planner for me, and I have one for work too.  But I was struggling in the area of managing my three girls schedules.  If you have kids you know what I mean.  One has this and the other has that and they are on totally opposite ends of the state of Florida.  This appointment and that appointment and this assignment and that assignment.  The list gets very long.  So I needed a little help and I turned to Action Day Academic Planner.  This planner is for the 2015 – 2016 school year.  Well, it actually runs a little bit longer than most school years.  July 2015 to June 201



I know right?  What an awesome planner.  And I am speaking to my planner friends who can relate to the obsession of planners.  It has a diary section.  Which works perfect for me and my large handwriting.  I was able to fit all I needed to in this section.  I actually used this section to keep track of all the daily duties that would be required of me and the girls.  Appointments, practice, games, lessons, homework, tests, quizzes, etc.  I kinda used a bullet journal format here and filled in the square when the activity was complete.

The next section is the tasks to execute and I used this section for:  I used to keep a list of everything from each of my girls schedule and mine combined.  Kind of like a master list so I could see all that was going on and who was where with whom, etc.  Again plenty of space to write in for me and I used a color coded scheme one color for each girls.  I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the paper in my Action Day Planner.  No bleed through with gel pens.  Yes, that is a must as a planner nerd.

The next section is for goals and projects and I used it to keep track of research papers, projects for school, book reports, etc. I will also use it for testing and exams as they draw closer in this school year.

The last section is delegation and teamwork section.   I struggled with this section at first then I decided to use it for listing the items that we would need to take with us to each practice, lesson, appointment, etc.  Due dates for library books, medicine and sport physicals and all that kind of stuff and it works great.  Again plenty of room to write and it doesn’t smear.

I was not disappointed in this spiral planner. I absolutely loved that it has the band to hold it closed as I like to overstuff all my planners.  I loved that the spirals were coated so they did not catch on clothing or other items.  I like that it lays open flat or you can fold it completely in half to use the front or back as a desk.



planner-feature5And last but by all means not least a pen loop.  What planner could be used without a pen?  None.  This loop keeps your pen handy at all times even when the planner is at the bottom of your purse.  Oh, and this planner held up to our families test of being tossed in my purse, floorboard and all over.  It is still in great shape even after 30 days of abuse.

To check out action day planners just click on their name anywhere within this post.  But don’t just look at their planners, check out their other items as well.  I’ve been drooling over their notebooks that are book bound.  Maybe they will send me one of those to review, I have just the right thing to use it for too.  SO stay tuned…

Want your very own copy of Action Day Planner?  Then don’t delay enter today.  Just visit and tell me what planner you want?  Be specific tell me the color, the binding, the start date and once you’ve gathered all that come back to this blog post and leave a comment.  We will pick a winner on Labor Day weekend specifically that Monday.  So what are you waiting for my planner friends.  A free planner of your choice.

Until Next Time,


Posted by: hugapoohlouise | August 22, 2015

Odyssey Adventure Club Back-to-School Special

It’s August, which means it’s nearly time for your kids to pack up their pencils, zip up their backpacks, and hop on the school bus. Aside from prepping them for their new teachers, new classes, or maybe even a new school, it’s important to prep their faith. Sign your whole family up for Adventures in Odyssey‘s Odyssey Adventure Club for a special price of $9.99/month. The club is an essential tool to teach your children to share their faith at school, to be bold, and to grow in their relationship with God.


Join during the month of August for $9.99/month, and you’ll receive these benefits for being a member:

  • Unlimited streaming of Adventures in Odyssey library (800 episodes) retail value over $1,500 USD
  • New monthly exclusive episodes
  • Monthly Web Quests
  • Monthly Clubhouse magazine subscription (U.S. Residents Only)
  • Daily devotions based on Adventures in Odyssey episodes
  • OAC monthly member newsletter
  • OAC exclusive video stories
  • Animated Odyssey videos, Last Chance Detectives, and more!

Spend the last few weeks of summer vacation with your kids listening to Adventures in Odyssey episodes and build their faith!

Ready to join? Head over to the website and sign up today!

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