Posted by: hugapoohlouise | May 25, 2015

Odyssey Adventure Club May Special

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Memorial Day is just around the corner, which means school will be out for the summer! Parents, does that fill you with dread, knowing all you’ll hear for the next few months is, “I’m bored!”? Keep reading because we have a deal for you—one that will only cost you a buck and that will keep your kids safe online while allowing them to have fun and to grow in their relationship with Jesus.

Buck Oliver is back in the latest Adventures in Odyssey album, and to celebrate, you can try the Odyssey Adventure Club for just a buck for your first month. Sign up before May 31st using the promo code BUCK! *This deal only applies to first-time accounts and is good the first month only.

Members receive:

—24/7 streaming access to more than 750 Adventures in Odyssey episodes (a $1500 retail value).

—A new, members-only Adventures in Odyssey episode every month.

—A subscription to Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse Magazine.

—A web quest of video stories and online activities reflecting the biblical theme of that month’s episode.

—On-the-go access with the OAClub mobile iOS app.

—Growing access to Odyssey books, a daily devotion, access to select Radio Theatre dramas and more.

Additionally, a portion of each Odyssey Adventure Club membership benefits Focus on the Family partner organizations, such as Carry the Cure and Mission Aviation Fellowship, providing parents with an opportunity to teach children about the value of serving others. The Odyssey Adventure Club hopes to spend another 25 years hand-in-hand with parents seeking to teach biblical truth to their children while inspiring the theater of their imagination.

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Your favorite Adventures in Odyssey characters are also Taking the Plunge in Album 59 and now you can, too! This summer, dive into your faith and grow closer to God by joining the Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse Magazine Taking The Plunge Summer Challenge. It includes these simple things:

  • Learn 5 memory verses
  • Get active with 5 family activities together
  • Share God’s love and your faith in 5 different ways

When you commit to the Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse Magazine Taking The Plunge Summer Challenge, you’ll receive:

  • A promo code for an exclusive Odyssey Adventure Club first month offer (for new members only)
  • Adventures in Odyssey special studio message
  • “Strange Journey Back” book excerpt
  • “Jones and Parker Mysteries” book excerpt

To learn more about the Odyssey Adventure Club, visit www.oaclub.org, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Another review for Family Christian and a giveaway! I was so excited when I was selected for a review and giveaway of “The Fringe Hours Making Time for You” by Jessica N. Turner.  As a wife, mother, employee, I always struggle with time management.

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Do you long for balance in your life?

Does one area of your life overwhelm or overshadow all the other areas?

Do you feel like you’ve been running and running for so long that you can’t remember why you were running in the first place?

If you are like me, wife, mom, employee, caretaker and the list goes on, as I wear many hats in my daily life, you’ve answered yes to one of the questions above or maybe they were great big “YESSES!” to all three.

Then you MUST read “The Fringe Hours Making Time for You” by Jessica N. Turner.  A liberating book that helps you with time management and helps you say yes and no without being overwhelmed, overloaded, or guilty.

You’ll actually find time for yourself without cutting short other areas of your life in a healthy way.  If you are healthy, you are able to minister to those you’ve been entrusted with better.  Take it from me a mom who ran on empty for far too long and paid the price with my health.

No one can do it all and do it well, don’t fall prey to that lie.  Doing it all and well requires sacrifice either with your health as I mentioned above, or your work quality or your relationships.  There is a verse in the Bible that says:

Ecc. 9″10 ESV “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might,

for there is no work or thought or knowledge or

wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.”

Written for every woman, this book will help you regardless of your lifestyle or season of life you are in.  Written for you a woman who needs and deserves fringe hours. You may ask how the author of “The Fringe Hours” could possibly give you advice or help?  Jessica N. Turner surveyed more than 2,000 women and interviewed dozens more in order to write this book to be a help to us.  Jessica compiled all the data and wrote this book that you could hold in your hand and find your own fringe hours, not hour this is plural, ladies.

A fountain of insight of how women just like you and me spend their time and what struggles they are facing in certain times in their life.  With workbook questions within the body of the book there is no extra book to buy before you can begin implementing in your own life.
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So what are you waiting for?  Didn’t you answer yes to one of the questions above?  Now let me tell you how you can win your very own copy of “The Fringe Hours Making Time for You” by Jessica N. Turner and Family Christian.  All you have to do is visit the Family Christian store by clicking on the name of the book or Family Christian anywhere within this post and tell me:

1.  Why you need the book “The Fringe Hours”.  Come back and leave a comment

2.  Share this review and blog post on your social media outlet.  Come back and leave a comment

3.  Visit Family Christian and share an item from their website that would complement this book. Come back and leave a comment

4.  Stay in Touch with  Family Christian on one of these social media outlets.  Come back and leave a comment.

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Or Visit Family Christian on Facebook:

I have one copy to give away to one of my readers, complements of Family Christian.   Contest ends June 4th, 2015 at Midnight.  Winner will be posted here on this blog and you will have 48 hours to claim your prize.

You’ll see for yourself within the pages of this book, I did.

Until Next Time,

M

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. 

There are No affiliate links 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 | May 20, 2015

May Day… May Day!

Wow!  I stopped for a minute the other day and realized that it is May 2015.  Where has the time gone?  Five months into a year and I didn’t realize it?  May is my favorite month for a very selfish reason.  It’s Mother’s Day and it’s my birthday.  I’ve never understood why adults dread their birthdays?  I love my birthday.  Sure you get one year older, but I am not concerned with age, vanity.  It’s life and I proudly wear the scars.

So after realizing that we were in my favorite month the excitement set in!  My husband had a plan to celebrate Mother’s Day and my birthday all in the same day.  Now to know me is to love me, I hope.  But I absolutely hate the malls, shopping, trying on clothes and huge crowds of people.  So when he tells me that him and the girls want to take me to the mall for Mother’s Day and my birthday, I cringe inside.  The mall?  What are you thinking my least favorite place on this earth.  I think I would rather walk across hot coals with no shoes that enter the mall and on a holiday weekend at that.  But I smiled sweetly and said sounds awesome.  The last part was the best he said I could pick the restaurant.  Right now I am loving authentic Mexican cuisine.  So I choose a nice restaurant that I know I love the food at.  I won’t bore you with the details of the whole entire trip, but let’s say it was a nice, pleasant day, except for the mall. LOL

Mother’s Day is a day that is bittersweet for me.  I have not had a mother to celebrate Mother’s Day with since 2006.  I think this was the first year that the sting was not as noticeable.  I think this was the first year that I actually felt like celebrating Mother’s Day.  To say that I miss my mom is an understatement, but that is a story for another day.

I have some awesome reviews and giveaways for May, June and July.  As you know each year as Summer approaches I take a step back from the amount of blog time I spend with you.  My kids are out of school and we want to enjoy every sun filled moment outside that we can, so until I can figure out how to blog and run at the same time, the post will slow down.  But the content will still be exciting and the giveaways hot.  So don’t forget to subscribe.

Until Next Time,

M

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | May 16, 2015

We have another winner!

I am so excited another contest has come to an end here on Melissa’s and Dawn’s Musings!  I love giving stuff away.  Especially stuff that glorifies God and helps others in their walk with Jesus Christ.

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And that’s just what The Blythe Daniel Agency, Inc., Thomas Nelson and this blog did.  The winner of their very own copy of “Devotionals For A Healthier You” is…

Amy Goins

Amy left a comment with a recipe from the “Devotionals For A  Healthier You” that she would like to try.  So Amy you have 48 hours to contact me at my email address svnhm1 at yahoo dot com to claim your prize.  I will need a mailing address so I can drop your very own copy of “Devotionals For A Healthier You” in the mail.  Just in time for summer.

Thank you to everyone who entered and all the nice emails and comments that were received.  This is an awesome book.

Until Next Time,

M

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | April 28, 2015

Devotionals For A Healthier You – Review and Giveaway!

book-cover-devotional-3dAs we enter Spring and Summer here in the world, I find that healthy living is on my mind more than during the winter months when I would rather be hibernating.  How about you?  I finally found a devotional that has healthy living within its pages BUT, that’s not all… It is a devotional too that feeds the Mind, Body and Soul.  So I can take my journey to healthy living to the next level that includes balancing my life in all areas that are important to my walk with the Lord.

I don’t know about you, but as a mom, I want to be able to do it all – For God, For Family, For Friends, etc.  But doing it all comes with a price tag, I know I’ve suffered an amazing cost.  I tried to do it all, but by doing it all in my own strength something had to give or be used up and it was my health.  After having three children in four years, being the caretaker to my ill mother, Sunday school, children’s church, vacation Bible school and not to mention the doctor’s visits for everyone else.  My body suffered and not for the glory of God.  I gained weight, I ate unhealthy, I lived to gratify the flesh and it showed.  Boy oh Boy did it show.  I was in Wal-Mart one day to buy shoes for my middle child whose feet grow an inch a week.  You know those mirrors they have at Wal-Mart where you can see the new shoes you are trying on before you buy?  Well I found myself in front of one, you see I normally avoid mirrors and cameras, why?  They reflect an image back at me that I do not like nor do I recognize.  So anyways the mirror found me and I looked deep inside and I saw what I had allowed myself to become and I was appalled. I looked horrible.  I needed help.  I knew this was not going to be a journey I could take alone.  I need to the God of the Universe and guess what?  As I cried out to Him in Wal-Mart He was there and He helped me once again to get back up and one the right track.

Devotions For A Healthier You by Katie Farrell came two days later in the mail from The Blythe Daniel Agency, Inc., to review.  What amazing timing.  Thank You, Lord for being an on-time God, One who cares for me, even when I am not caring for myself.  Don’t let the title fool you.  This is not just a devotional book.  It is a book is based on feeding the mind, body and soul.  It brings you into balance regarding food, faith and fitness.  It reminds us that it’s not all about us.  I love how the author, Katie Farrell, who is also the creator of Dashing Dish, uses faith in relation to healthy living.  I did not know how closely related the two were until I began reading Katie’s book.  As a side note here there is a free study guide that you can download at Katie’s website Dashing Dish to go along with your book, hint:  I am giving away a copy.

The book is just the right size.  You can carry it in your purse, your Bible study bag, Gym tote anywhere.  Also, did I mention that it is gorgeous.  It alone catches more people’s eyes.  They ask me about it all the time.  The book also includes meal plan and recipes.  Now I needed that as a busy person sometimes I choose the wrong route when it comes to feeding my family healthy.  Do you?

You can’t go wrong with this book as it helps us take our focus off self and returns it the balance that the Lord has intended.  If you are struggling like I was to do it all, but trying to do it in your own strength then keep reading because I am giving away a copy of Devotions For A Healthier You by Katie Farrell, courtesy of The Blythe Daniel Agency, Inc.  To win your very own copy just complete the following:

 

 1.  Visit Dashing Dish (which is Katie Farrell’s website)

Look around and find one recipe you would like to try,

return here and leave a comment sharing it with our readers. (One Entry).

2.  Share the recipe above on Facebook but tag me, MelissaWaters522. (One Entry)

3.  Tweet your recipe on Twitter but include me in the tweet MelissaWaters15 (One Entry)

4.  Leave a comment on the blog with your favorite workout. (One Entry)

The contest ends on May 16th, 2015 at Midnight, Eastern Standard Time.  So what are you waiting for get clicking.

Until Next Time,

M

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. 

There are No affiliate links 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 | April 26, 2015

Where have I been? Where am I going?

Where have I been?  You ask.  I apologize.  I took a short break from blogging to be with my family and to work on some health issues that popped up in my life.

Most of my readers know I started a journey in May 2014 to change my life according to God’s plan.  I looked in the mirror one day at Walmart no less and realized that I was very overweight and I was not being a good steward of my body for the glory of God.  That is why I am on this earth to bring God the glory, that is my ultimate goal and like everything else I try to do in my self or flesh I failed miserably.  If you know me, know me at all, you know I hate absolutely hate to sweat.  Yuck right?  Well, living in the sunshine state any outside time results in sweat.  So I bit the bulletin in May and got off the sofa.  I had grand plans about exercising, what I failed to take in account was how long I had been lazy and not moving.  Let’s just leave it as it wasn’t as easy as it sounds.  I think the first day I was able to do 10 minutes of walking.  10 minutes I kid you not.  I thought I was going to die.  But you know what?  I didn’t and I did it again the next day and the next day and so on.  Until I made it up to a mile.  Then came two miles, three miles and four.  I won’t lie to you it was not easy.  Someday’s I dreaded getting out of bed because I knew I had to exercise if I was going to take care of my body.

I am not a doctor, nurse or any kind of health care professional so what worked for me may not for you.  I did seek a doctor’s approval before I started.  The only thing that I actually gave up was soda or for my northern friends pop.  When I realized that each and every soda I drank throughout the day cost me 3 miles worth of walking to burn the calories, I gave it up cold turkey.  Which if you know me was not an easy thing.  I love Coke.  I love sweet tea.  I still do, but I want to put something in my stomach that is more substantial than just liquid if I am going to run my little butt off to get rid of it.

In December, me and my daughter walked/ran our first 5K and I have to say I am addicted to 5K’s.  I can’t get enough.  I search the internet daily for the next one.  We are considering a glow run in May for me and the three girls.

As of todays date, I’ve lost 32 pounds and six sizes.  I don’t take selfies so don’t even ask.  It is not about me, it is about Him who gave me the strength to put one foot in front of the other day in and day out.  I’ve had some setbacks, with illness and health problems, but I am still putting one foot in front of the other.  I’d love to hear your story, please share.

So that is where I’ve been for sometime, out walking, biking or running at least three times a week.

Until Next Time,

M

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | April 23, 2015

Happy Birthday – Madison! Showering you with love

Well, today my middle baby turns 12 years old.  Wow, where did the time go.  But honestly, I have to say I enjoyed every second, minute, hour and day with you.  Your my middle child, you are the one who reminds me of the injustice in the world, you are the one who keeps me towing the line, because if I slip your there with your huge blue eyes looking into mine.  You remind me that I hold a piece of your heart within me, but I only have a few years to hold your hand and then I have to let go.  Let go of this child of mine and let you out into this corrupt, evil world.  You remind me how important it is to lay a good foundation.  The foundation that begins and ends with Jesus Christ our Savior.  Without it, my child, I would have failed to point your to the cross and all that Jesus did for you before you were born.

I love you with all my heart, love so deep that sometimes it hurts, I know you understand what I mean as you have the tenderest heart of any child I’ve met in my vapor of a life.  I pray that you’ll look to the Lord and Jesus when your heart is hurt, I pray that you’ll look to His Word when the world has let you down or those you love have.  There was only one perfect that walked this earth and that is Jesus, so yes my child you will have pain, heartache, suffering and trials, but you are not alone.  He is with you at all times, sometimes mommie and daddie can’t be there, but Jesus is, one breath a way from you.  Call on His name, cry out to Him, He has promised to hear and answer you.

I hope you had the best birthday ever and we celebrated the day that God entrusted us with such a precious gift.  I’ve failed, your dad has failed and I am sure there are others who have failed you.  But, child of God, He will never fail you.  I pray that you remain faithful as your days turn into years and I pray that you draw closer to God each and every second.

Me and your dad love you to pieces, Happy Birthday, Madison

Until Next Time,

M

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | March 11, 2015

Mission Accomplished by Scott James

Mission Accomplished by Scott James

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 What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Easter?  In my mind I think of the Ultimate Sacrifice by  Jesus Christ on the Cross, I think of Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday, families gathering together in church and later for a meal at home.  If you are like me most Lent or Easter devotionals are too much for a family.

I am already running in 6 million directions, being a Child of God, Wife, Mother, Employee, HOW can I add one more thing to my life without it crumbling to the ground.  But, then the guilt sets in…. I should be teaching my children more about Easter, Christ, Lent, etc.  But how?

I have a solution for you.  Mission Accomplished by Scott James.  A devotional the whole family can do without added hours of study to your already busy schedule.  I recommend it to anyone.  A large family, a small family, and it works well with children of any ages.

The simplicity of the design of Mission Accomplished carries over into you life as you read.  Creating peace instead of chaos.  It is so simply that anyone can use it.  It is set to begin on Palm Sunday and carry through for two-weeks.  Each day is a separate devotional.  Another thing that I really liked about this book was the illustrations.  So powerful and simple at the same time.  They really cause you to see the message being conveyed.

Don’t let the simplicity or smallness of this book fool you.  It is power packed with the Good News.  The goal of these devotions is to help you lead your family on Jesus’ last days on earth understand the powerful news of his death, resurrection and ascension.  You’ll spend two-weeks walking with Jesus as he finishes the mission given to Him by God the Father.

For each of the fourteen devotions you can use your Bible and the book as a model for family worship.  Each devotion includes a Bible passage to read together, notes to help you dissect the passage with your children, think about it questions and answers to guide you in your discussion.  There are suggestions for prayer and each devotion could take you between ten and twenty minutes depending on how deep you want to go.  You can gauge this by your children’s reaction, are they bored?  Are they excited?  Feed My sheep.

 Don’t worry about whether you are doing it the right way the author shares in the introduction that worship looks different in each different house.  Focus on engaging your family in the most important truths from God’s own Word.

Until Next Time,

M

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL PROVIDED:  I received a copy of this promotion from New Growth Press for promotional purposes.  I was not compensated for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review.  The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.  So please enjoy.  This post contains NO affiliate links. 

I pray that each of you were blessed by the review of Dance With Jesus From Grief to Grace by Susan B. Mead.  Especially if grief has touched your lives.  This is a once in a lifetime book, one that you will return to over and over again, so if you did not win, don’t be discouraged just stop by Amazon or Barnes and Nobles or wherever you buy your books and pick up your own copy.

I don’t know about you but I am Dancing with Jesus!

Now without further ado, the winner of their very own signed copy of Dance With Jesus From Grief to Grace is…

enthusiasticallydawn 

You have three days to contact me via email with your full name, mailing address.  IF you do not respond within 3 days, I will select another winner.

Until Next Time,

M

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | February 20, 2015

Dance With Jesus: From Grief to Grace! Review

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Have you ever experienced the loss of someone, someone close to you?  According to Dance With Jesus: From Grief to Grace author Susan B. Mead everyone experiences grief differently.   After all we were all created individually, separately and different by God.  Are you stuck in grief?  Have you come out on the other side?  If you need help whatever phase you’re in on the grief journey then this is a book you must read.  It is one you must buy extra copies and keep with you for just the right time to give to those we love.

Susan B. Mead has written a book I wish I had when I lost my mother in 2006.  My mother as you know committed suicide at the age of 75 years old.  I am a suicide survivor.  I honestly believe after reading this book that if this book was available when I was grieving that my grieving process would have been glorifying to the Lord, productive and I would have moved from brokenness to joy in a timely manner.  Instead of getting stuck for 6 months in the first step of grieving.  I am definitely holding on to this book.  Who knows what lies ahead and I know the Lord will use this book in a mighty way in the life of those it comes into contact with.

This book moved me in ways that are very hard to put into words.  First of all it is a quick read.  One or two pages for each chapter.  I absolutely loved the questions at the end of each chapter.  I am a journaler and I used the questions to journal with my three kids so we could remember their grandmother and my mother and all the memories I have swirling around of her in my heart and mind.  I also used the questions to journal things for my kids to read at a later date.  Little keepsakes, mementos if you will.  Things that I think I will always remember but find I am forgetting more and more of.  As someone who has experienced grief firsthand, I know how distracted you can be as you walk through the loss of someone in your life.  This book is perfect, fits into your bag and you can take it everywhere with you.  It is easy to read and light in tone.  I would have loved to have a copy when the grief overwhelmed me on some days and all I saw was darkness.

I also adored that this book was light and heavy at the same time.  It gets to the heart of the matter of losing someone.  Susan B. Mead, lost her son, so she has walked the path of loss, grief and healing.  It comes from someone who has moved from brokenness to blessedness and you experience this with each carefully penned word.  The main point that comes across in the book is that people matter, all people.  You can feel the love that Susan B. Mead in Dance With Jesus: From Grief to Grace has for each reader.  Susan has graciously sent me an extra copy of her book to give away to one of my readers.  So if you know someone who could use this book, either someone who has lost someone or is losing someone, I would be honored to bless this person with a book.  Leave a comment telling me the name of the person and as briefly as possible why they need this book.  I will randomly draw a name on March 7th, 2015 at midnight and notify the winner here on the blog.

I encourage you to visit the website for Dance With Jesus:  From Grief to Grace!  I know Susan B. Meade would love to hear your story and to hear how you are dancing with Jesus.

Until Next Time,

M

I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew

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