I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for LISTERINE. I received samples for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

Back in 2003, we had one sweet baby girl.  It was so easy to take her places with us.  In 2004 we added another sweet baby girl to the mix.  They were so close together that routines fell into place almost seamlessly.  Then we added two boys to mix….and our hearts and lives were full and happy and blessed…but our schedules started to fall apart.  It is no longer a cinch to make sure everyone has their teeth brushed, their bed made and their clothes put away.  Thankfully, we have discovered some products from LISTERINE that are making our lives easier and helping our girls to create some healthy habits and routines.

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The girls are loving the LISTERINE mouth wash.  Kayla, our oldest, has never enjoyed flossing.  But something about the LISTERINE Cool Mint Floss really appeals to her.  Flossing is now part of her nightly routine.  She really likes the mint flavor from the floss.  We are thrilled that she is flossing and protecting her teeth and gums.  Grace really loves the LISTERINE® SMART RINSE®.  I am not sure if she loves the cool design or the flavor best, but either way…she is using her mouthwash twice a day! Love it! My husband and I are enjoying the pleasant mint flavoring of the LISTERINE Healthy White Gentle Rinse.  You can visit the website to find the full line of LISTERINE products that are available.

Make sure your bathroom is fully stocked with LISTERINE products so that you and your family can create some healthy habits like our daughters!

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If you need some more inspiration, check out this You Tube video!

Share your healthy habit tips in the comments below and let’s all inspire each other!

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for LISTERINE. I received samples for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for #AveenoEczemaTherapy. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.

 

I tell you what…eczema stinks!  It makes skin red, itchy, irritated and is truly bothersome.  A few weeks back, we accepted the challenge from Aveeno to switch to ALL Aveeno products for 3 weeks and see if we could tell a difference or not.  You can read my announcement of the challenge in this blog post.  We decided to try it out for our son Jack.

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For the past 3 weeks he has only used products from the Aveeno Eczema Therapy line.  Our favorite product is still the Aveeno Soothing Bath Treatment.  It really seems to quickly calm flare ups.  The lotions work really well and are great for the entire family.  I love the non-greasy feel of them.  After using these for several weeks we do see a difference in Jack’s skin.  I wish I could say it was all better, but that is not how eczema works.  However, his skin is a bit clearer and he has less itchy spots than he did before the challenge.  The biggest change we noticed was on his thighs and his bottom.  Both areas used to have large round patches and they have gone away.  It did not do much for the eczema on his back.  Overall we are very pleased!  If you, or someone you know, suffers from eczema, please tell them about the line of #AveenoEczemaTherapy products and encourage them to try them out.  This is National Eczema Awareness month, so please help spread the word! Do you have any experience dealing with eczema?  Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for #AveenoEczemaTherapy. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a copy of “The Current” from Family Christian for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

 

We are always looking for good, clean family movies for us to enjoy with the kids.  When I got the chance to review “The Current“, I knew it would be perfect.  It centers a round a 13-year-old boy who’s dealing with major changes and life lessons.

Synopsis:

Thirteen-year-old Jake Larson has big plans in life to be drafted by the Chicago Cubs, but his dream vanishes when he inadvertently witnesses a hold-up at a Chicago convenience store. Concerned for his family’s safety, Jake’s father decides to leave the city violence behind and move back to rural Minnesota. Despite Jake’s angry protestations, the family moves to Providence River Campground to live and work as the site’s caretakers.

Bitter at the move and his new manual labor responsibilities, Jake soon meets Brian and Peter Owens, a father and son who live on a farm across the river. Jake and Peter form a quick bond that God uses to transform Jake’s life in unimaginable ways.

 

My Thoughts:

We watched this with our oldest two boys and right away, the movie struck a cord with us.  We moved to a new home this past May and our 13-year-old son was not happy about it at all.  Even though we only moved a few miles, it was hard for him and he could relate to the feelings of Jake in the movie.  This coming of age of story dealt with some deep issues.  It address real feelings and deals with issues of friendship, faith, trust, grief, and hope.  And it did so in a way that was relevant to tween and teens (and adults!).   We laughed and I cried (my hubby even teared up).  I think we all have moments when we wonder “why?”.  ”The Current” reminds us that God has a plan and that we can trust Him, even when we feel lost.  I will say that while the acting in the film wasn’t exactly spectacular, the characters were relate-able and did a good job of expressing realistic emotions and reactions.  Overall, this was a great family movie with a wonderful and inspiring message.  While it is appropriate for any age, I think it’s best for 10 and up just because younger kids might loose interest.

One lucky reader will win a copy of “The Current” for themselves!

 

Belinda is a wife, mom, blogger, and Brand Ambassador. She has six children including 5 boys and 1 girl. Belinda enjoys reading, photography, crafts and DIY projects, and watching her boys play soccer. You may contact Belinda at mudpiesand tiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Belinda

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a pre-release copy of A.D. 30 for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

 

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I love to read and I’m always looking for a great author.  About a month ago, my friend recommended Ted Dekker.  She raved about his books and I was excited to check them out.  A few days later, I got the opportunity to review a pre-release copy of Dekker’s newest novel, A.D. 30.  I was thrilled!  This highly anticipated novel from the New York Times best selling author, follows Maviah, a brave young woman dealing with unthinkable situations.  She is forced to face many dangers to save herself and her people.

Synopsis:

In A.D. 30, you’ll step back into the year of our Lord, and dive head first into a war that is raging between kingdoms on the earth and in the heart.

The outcast daughter of one of the most powerful Bedouin sheikhs in Arabia, Maviah is called on to protect the very people who rejected her. When their enemies launch a sudden attack with devastating consequences, Maviah escapes with the help of two of her father’s warriors–Saba who speaks more with is sword than his voice and Judah, a Jew who comes from a tribe that can read the stars.

From there, Maviah must secure an unlikely alliance with King Herod of the Jews. It would be a journey filled with great danger. If they can even survive the vast trek across the desert, they will enter into a brutal world run by kings and emperors.

On the way, Maviah crosses paths unexpectedly with another man. An enigmatic teacher who speaks of a way in this life which offers greater power than any kingdom. His name is Yeshua, and his words turn everything known on its head. Though following him may present even greater danger, his may be the only way for Maviah to save her people–and herself.

My Thoughts:

I love history so this novel was right up my alley.  I liked how Dekker wove biblical truth into his work of fiction.  It gave a great picture of what life would have been like 2,000 years ago.  I not only thoroughly enjoyed the story but also learned a lot about that time period.  It gave me an idea of what it was like for those that followed Jesus and His teachings and how those teachings spread and influenced the times and those in power.   Dekker did a really nice job of developing the characters and I found myself quickly invested in them.  I will say that certain parts of the book were emotionally hard to read.  However, those parts also made me feel deeply for the characters.  I felt heartbroken and inspired.  I liked that the book was real in that Maviah showed real emotions and doubts.  The book gave a clear picture of what society was like in her time and it definitely wasn’t great for women.  Maviah is dealt many harsh blows in her young life and has to fight every step of the way just to survive.  Her quest for revenge evolves into so much more and her experiences leave her forever changed. A.D. 30 is a well written, moving, intense, and inspiring novel that’s hard to put down.

A.D. 30 will be released on October 28th and can be pre-ordered at Family Christian Stores now.  One very lucky reader will win a copy of A.D. 30!

 

Belinda is a wife, mom, blogger, and Brand Ambassador. She has six children including 5 boys and 1 girl. Belinda enjoys reading, photography, crafts and DIY projects, and watching her boys play soccer. You may contact Belinda at mudpiesand tiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Belinda

Twitter Party Alert! #Treats4All – 10/20 Noon ET – Prizes: $550 GCs!

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Do you love a good Twitter Party? You know we do and we’re excited to host a party about celebrating the fall season and Halloween! On Monday, October 20th at NOON, please join us for the #Treats4All Twitter Party where we’ll be discussing ways to make your Halloween celebrations fun and easy with the help of favorite Nestle products from Walmart and giving you a chance to win prizes!

Do you have any Halloween traditions?  We always prefer something easy for dinner, like Tombstone Pizza.  It fills everyone up and makes the night easier for me and my husband.  And as for candy?  We always choose something chocolate like the Nestle fun size candy or maybe some Butterfingers!  What is your favorite candy?

Please join us at the #Treats4All Twitter Party!

DATE: Monday, October, 20th, 2014

TIME: 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET

PRIZES: 5 – (1) $100 Walmart Gift Cards

EARLY BIRD PRIZE: 1 – $50 Walmart Gift Card

HOSTS: @KellysLuckyYou, @jamieharrington, @MudpiesandTiara,@donnahup, @JManMillerBug

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TIP: How to join a Twitter Party – sign in! Before party starts, click on the green “Sign In On Twitter” bar at the top of the page!

 

TIP: Who to follow at a Twitter Party? Follow the Party Team by clicking on the Twitter handle links on the RSVP page!

 

TIP: Want to win Twitter Party prizes? RSVP by clicking on RSVP button before you join the party, follow everyone on the Party Team, and tweet with the party hashtag during the party to be eligible!

 

TIP: How to win the Early Bird prize? Watch for chance to share a tweet when you RSVP for chance to win!

 

TIP: Special deals and brand coupons? Keep that option checked when you RSVP for the party!

 

TIP: New to Twitter parties? Watch your column and Party Team tweet columns – they are slower paced and easier to follow!

 

TIP: Where to find Twitter Parties? Check out the SoFabChats Twitter Party Calendar to find more fun parties to attend!

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Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen