Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Changing Your Look With a Crochet Senegalese Twist #Divatress #beauty #ad

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post.  All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.

Have you ever thought about changing your look?  My daughter and her friends are always trying something new.  With all the possibilities out there, you can become overwhelmed.  If you want longer hair, you can always have hair sewn into your normal hair, latch hook it, or even wear a wig.  One of the options that is available is crochet braids.  Never heard of crochet braids?  Neither had I, but Kat’s friend Lee Lee was very familiar.  Crochet braids is loose hair that you actually crochet into your hair with a crochet needle.

Lee Lee says it is easy to do.  You need to cornrow braid your hair first.  You don't have to worry if your cornrows are thin, you can use Kanekalon braiding hair to thicken up the cornrow braids!  After the cornrow braids are ready, simply crochet it in. When it is done the right way, it is almost impossible to tell that it is not your real hair.  Crochet braids can be placed in your hair in a fraction of the time that actual braiding or twisting can be done.  You have lots of choices in styles and colors too!

Some of the styles you can choose from are the ocean wave loop, water wave loop, remedy curl, cocoa curl, Senegalese twist and so many more.  You can look at the crochet Senegalese twist by checking out the photo below!  This particular style is available in nine colors.

All of the items I have been talking about can be found at Divatress.  They offer a lot of very cool "hair" at very reasonable prices. Looking good with Divatress is easy, and it does not have to cost you a fortune!

Monday, March 19, 2018

ICE DRAGON: LEGEND OF THE BLUE DAISIES - US Movie Debut March 24 & 26 #IceDragon #FlyBy

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post to share this wonderful Inspirational Family Movie with my readers.  I will receive a gift for sharing.  All opinions stated honest and have not been influenced at all.  No monetary compensation has been received.

Based on a short story by Canadian director and producer Bruce Stacey (“God Rocks!,” “Journey to Christmas”), “Ice Dragon: Legend of the Blue Daisies” will premiere in U.S. cinemas for a two-day-only event. This is the first of a planned trilogy that will follow the adventures of Melody, a gifted young dreamer, and her feisty friend Leif, as they work together to save their village from a menacing dragon.

“Ice Dragon: Legend of the Blue Daisies” is based on a short story by Canadian director and producer Bruce Stacey, his faith-based adventure features the voice talents of Rheal Rees (Melody), Justin Debé (Leif) and Bill Bray (Nicholai).

Fathom Events, Chelsea Road Productions and Tricord Media present “Ice Dragon: Legend of the Blue Daisies” in movie theaters nationwide on Saturday, March 24 at 12:55 p.m. and Monday, March 26 at 6:30 p.m. (all local times). Audiences will also enjoy an original live-action short film featuring children's reactions to important themes raised in the feature content, as well as an exclusive music video.

Tickets for “Ice Dragon: Legend of the Blue Daisies” can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in nearly 700 select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). For a complete list of theater locations, visit the Fathom Events website.

*Remember* The family-friendly story of “Ice Dragon: Legend of the Blue Daisies” is coming to cinemas nationwide on March 24 and 26 only. Moviegoers of all ages will enjoy this thrilling adventure, along with the short film and music video. You can get tickets at FathomEvents.com.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

I Can Only Imagine Movie In Theaters March 16th! #FlyBy #ICanOnlyImagine GIVEAWAY

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If you ask any of my family members they will quickly tell you that my favorite Christian song is "I Can Only Imagine."  This song really touched my heart the first time I heard it and I cannot hear it enough.  The song really asks all the things I have wondered about. How will I act the first time I see Jesus?  What will I do? Say?  Have you ever thought about it?

When I found out that Bart Millard of MercyMe wrote "I Can Only Imagine" in just minutes, I was stunned.  It is so beautiful and thought provoking.  Now it has become a movie.  The movie will be in theaters on March 16th and I cannot wait!  You can learn more about the movie and even buy tickets by clicking here!

About the movie:  
It’s the song that brings ultimate hope to so many … often in the midst of life’s most challenging moments. Amazingly, the song was written in mere minutes by MercyMe lead singer Bart Millard. In reality, those lyrics took a lifetime to craft. 

Although he found faith at a young age, life wasn’t easy for Bart. He leaned into an active imagination and his love of music as escapes from a troubled home life. As he grew older, Bart turned to football in hopes of somehow connecting with his abusive father. But a career-ending injury—combined with the vision of a teacher who saw unlimited potential—set Bart on a musical pathway. 

Chasing a dream while running from broken relationships with father and Shannon, his childhood sweetheart, Bart hits the road on an old, decrepit tour bus with his new band MercyMe—named for his grandmother’s favorite expression. With the guidance of a grizzled music-industry insider, the band begins a journey none of them could ever have imagined.

I CAN ONLY IMAGINE stars J. Michael Finley, Madeline Carroll, Trace Adkins, Priscilla C. Shirer, with Cloris Leachman and Dennis Quaid.

I have seen several clips and the trailer for this movie and I am so excited to go see it!  The cast seems to blend well together and when you add Trace Adkins to the mix, you have my attention.  

Have you seen anything about this movie?  Do you like the song?  MercyMe?  Please share your thoughts below!  I would love to hear what you think!   You can enter to win Fandango codes to go see the movie?  Simply enter on the rafflecopter form below. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller/FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.  

Friday, March 9, 2018

The Star on DVD now - Plus Live Guided Bible Study #TheStarMovie #FlyBy

Disclosure:  We will receive a free promotional item for sharing this information.  No monetary compensation has been/will be  received.

My kids begged me to go see The Star when it was in theaters.  Due to the insanity of our schedule and sickness, we were not able to go see it, but the kids have seen it at a friend's house.  The Star was released on DVD on February 20th and now is a great time to check it out!  We love learning about the Nativity and this movie is a wonderful way to introduce your children to the birth of Jesus!  You can click HERE to visit their interactive website where you can learn more about the movie, get coloring and activity sheets, and even purchase the movie.  

The heartwarming animated comedy follows a small but brave donkey named Bo who yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a lovable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations, along with three wisecracking camels. Bo and his new friends follow the star and become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told.

This movie is voiced by an all-star group of people.  The voice talent includes:
  • Steven Yeun
  • Aidy Bryant
  • Keegan-Michael Key
  • Tracy Morgan
  • Tyler Perry
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Gina Rodriguez
  • Zachary Levi
  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Anthony Anderson
  • Ving Rhames
  • Gabriel Iglesias
  • Patricia Heaton
  • Kristin Chenoweth
  • Christopher Plummer

The Star is filled with more than an hour of engaging bonus materials including the “Star-aoke: Sing Along with Bo & Friends,” a dance along to “Life Is Good” by A Great Big World, plus a collection of fun lyric videos that will have you singing along to the inspiring music from The Star.  Families can enjoy crafting and baking with “how-to” videos “Star Mason Jar Votives” and “Sweet and Sparkly Stars,” and they also can go behind-the-scenes to explore the amazing talent who bring these characters to life.  

In “Faith All Year Round,” renowned pastor and motivational speaker, DeVon Franklin delivers a fun and engaging children’s sermon discussing the themes of the film and keeping the spirit of this inspiring story alive in us every day. 

The LIVE GUIDED BIBLE STUDY w/ DEVON FRANKLIN is interactive and super engaging.  You can check it out by clicking HERE.  

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Swago: Spring Edition is here! (US & Canada) Earn up to 500 SB #ad

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post.  We receive SB for sharing.

The digital rewards site Swagbucks is offering big payouts during their "Swago: Spring Edition" promotion, which runs from now through Monday, March 12th at 9am PT! 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, March 12th to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely. 
  • Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value. Once you’ve achieved a pattern, the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely. 
  • Each activity you successfully complete on your Swago Board will give you anywhere from 1-20 spins on the Spin & Win Wheel. PLUS, when you submit your board for a bonus you'll get additional spins. The number of spins will depend on the pattern you complete. The wheel has all sorts of great prizes that you can win, and each spin is a winner!

The Spin & Win Wheel will be available all throughout Swago and you have until 11:59pm PT on Monday, March 12th to use all your spins.

Fill up your board and then submit your pattern to get even more points - if you can fill in the whole board, you get a 500 SB bonus, which is enough for a $5 gift card from the retailer of your choice.

Click here right now and click "Join" to get started! If you don't already have a Swagbucks account, you'll be able to quickly sign up; PLUS, if you earn 300 SB before the first of April, you'll get a bonus 300 SB!

A Very Happy Easter Prayer - Children's Book Review

Disclosure:  We received a copy of this book to help facilitate our honest review.  No monetary compensation was received.

Spring might not be here according to the calendar, but our warm North Carolina weather has given my family spring fever.  Flowers and trees are blooming, birds are singing and it is almost time for Easter.  Since it is just around the corner, I'm starting to think about ways to fill an Easter basket.  I like to put some candy in it for my kids, and I also love to put a cute Easter book in it!  I make sure that my children know the real meaning of Easter and I have the perfect book for this Easter. 

Bestselling author Bonnie Rickner Jensen is back with a new book that is perfect for young children.  "A Very Happy Easter Prayer" is a great way to begin to teach young children about The Resurrection.  This board book is die-cut around the shape of a dogwood tree and is adorable.  Natalia Moore shows just how wonderful she is by illustrating these colorful pictures.  There is lots of sparkle and glitter encompassing this book and the rhyming verse will be a hit with any family!  The timeless story of The Resurrection and this charming book will bring a family together to celebrate the resurrection every year. 

My younger kids really enjoyed this book.  It is written for the pre-school crowd, so older kids might not be as enthusiastic as the younger ones.  It is so sweet and is a wonderful way to help them learn about Easter and what it truly means.  Since it is a board book, "A Very Happy Easter Prayer" is very sturdy and can withstand a lot of handling by messy little hands.  I have already had to wash off his book several times. 

You can purchase this book in lots of different places and it retails for $8.99.  Would you like to win a copy of this book for your family?  Simply enter on this link: https://www.blessedfreebies.com/enter-to-win-a-very-happy-easter-prayer.html

I would like to offer a very special thank you to Front Gate Media for allowing me to review this wonderful book. 

Dance the Night Away #ad

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You're at the laundromat waiting for the washer cycle to finish and reading a magazine about local industry in your town and your eye fixes on a box advertising air dancers.  Huh? Because it seems to be your natural tendency to make random meaning out of phrases that perplex you, you start visualizing:

Out of the clouds they drift, tap dancing down rainbows, sliding down lightning bolts. Hold on to your hats, folks--the air dancers are coming!

Now the wash cycle is complete and you transfer your clothes to the dryer. But still, you can't get the air dancers out of your mind. What are these things?

You thought you'd heard it all:

  • Riverdance
  • The dance of nature
  • Dancing with stars
  • Dance of the wind
  • Dance of the sugar plum fairy
  • The dance of the planets
  • The dance of time
  • Dancing Wu Li Masters
  • Dancing bears
  • Dancing birds
  • Dancing waves

You Wrack Your Brain

You leave the laundromat and take a walk, trying to sort this out.

Since it's summer, you speculate if this is a reference to Painted Ladies and Monarchs of the butterfly kingdom that swarm your sedum garden, bellying up to the pollen bars now serving summer's delectable nectar.

Or if were fall, perhaps it'd be a poetic way to talk about the leaves that swirl in the wind presaging winter's imminent arrival.

Your brain reels. Do snowflakes dance in winter? Actually, they waltz.

You remember a classic poem, "DIE DANS VAN DIE REËN," which means "The Dance of the Rain."

Then there's Audrey Hepburn, who could have danced all night when she was Eliza Doolittle and could have spread her wings and done a thousand things she'd never done before.

There are the Flying Wallendas, who could perhaps be called air dancers.

All kinds of things dance, it seems.

On YouTube, you can even find GIFs of cute dancing animals, hilarious dancing babies.

It's None of Those

Upon reflection, you realize it could be a sort of general reference to a bunch of those. Really, anything that moves with air in such a way as to reveal air's motion could be described as an air dancer.

And then you see it, up ahead, where those people are gathered in the strip mall parking lot--what you can only describe as a giant inflatable tubular man boogying in the wind. Why, he must be 20 feet tall! And look how he sways back and forth, now down, now up. "Dude's got moves," you exclaim aloud to the other folks gathered around. "But why's he got Hoagies tattooed across his torso?"

"He's one of those advertising air dancers," someone explains to you. "See, right over there's a new sandwich shop!"

Monday, March 5, 2018

Get $3 when you sign up for Swagbucks in March (US) #ad

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post.  We receive SB for sharing.

Want some extra boost for your budget this month?

If you haven't tried Swagbucks before, you can get a bonus $3 for signing up as my referral in March. Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already, like searching, watching videos, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Walmart, Target, or PayPal cash.

When you sign up through me, you can earn an additional $3 bonus! Here's how:

1. Sign up using this link

2. Earn 300 SB total before 4/1/18. You'll get a $3 (300 SB) bonus for it!

3. If you want even more bonuses, you'll get a $10 (1000 SB rebate) bonus for making your first shop purchase! That's in addition to the SB you earn for every dollar you spend.

That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I've earned earned close to $2000 worth of giftcards to Amazon, Starbucks and Delta Airlines!