Saturday, November 16, 2019

Holly Lane Christian Jewelry Review and Giveaway #hollylane #hollylanegiveaway

Disclosure:  I received this necklace at no charge to facilitate my honest and unbiased review.  All thoughts and opinions stated are my own!

Unlike a lot of my friends, I am not a huge jewelry person.  I prefer pieces of jewelry that have meaning or a background story.  Most of my pieces were gifted to me for different occasions and it is rare that I purchase anything for myself, but when I was offered the opportunity to review Christian jewelry from Holly Lane, I was thrilled.  I spent about an hour on their website trying to decide which piece I wanted and fell in love with lots of them.  Narrowing it down to one was the hard part.

Never heard of Holly Lane?  This wonderful company has been in business for over 16 years and was not named for the founder, but for the street, the founder lived on when she started the business.  Here's more about Holly Lane: 

Our line of sterling silver Christian jewelry is intentionally designed to create opportunities to share Christ with others and to be worn as a personal reflection of faith. Each piece is designed in central Virginia by jewelry artist Tiffany Scott who has based her designs on verses from the Bible in order to bring comfort to the wearer and be a representation of God's promises. These unique designs are meant to catch the attention of others and spark conversation about the verses they are based on.

Each piece of verse-based Holly Lane jewelry comes with a Story Card that features the verse reference on the front, and an explanation of the design's significance on the back. Tiffany's love for semiprecious gemstones shows through in her use of many different gems throughout the line. The Holly Lane line is designed so that the customer can put together their own personal combination of pendants, chains and bead drops based on the promises they are holding on to and how God is currently speaking to them in their lives.

As I said before, it took me quite a while to choose my piece of jewelry.  I chose the Wonderfully Made necklace because sometimes, I need a reminder!

When my package arrived, I loved how it was boxed, so I wanted to share some photos with you so you can really get a feel for how this company cares!

Everything was put together with so much love and care.  I was so very impressed with the packaging because I have ordered things from other places and they have been just tossed in a box for shipping.  Holly Lane goes the extra mile to show they care! 

Christmas is just around the corner and I hope you will check out Holly Lane.  The craftsmanship involved in the making of this jewelry is wonderful.  I recommend them whole-heartedly!  They have been kind enough to offer my readers a code to use to receive 20% off their purchase at  Simply use 20FORYOU 

There is also a giveaway!  You have the chance to win a $100 e-gift card to Holly Lane.  Winner will be chosen 11/20/19.

Friday, November 15, 2019

DIY Milk Carton Lamp - Guest Post

Disclosure:  This is a guest post by Brock Ingham.**

We all know how important lighting can be in a home, heck! It’s the only reason you see things past 8:00pm…

All kidding aside, lighting can truly transform the design of any room (for good or for bad). Ever walk into a room and get creeped out just from the sight of a flickering blue fluorescent bulb? It can be a deal-breaker for any design and takes all the focus away from the relaxing rocking chair or beautiful throw rug.

In this post, I am to break the common misconception of needing to invest a lot of money to get a beautiful chandelier for your home. No need to break the bank here, we’re going to make a lamp completely from milk cartons (almond milk to be specific)

Now, I’m not prejudiced as to what milk you drink or use I just found that the tetra cartons used for almond, cashew, and other nut milk come in the perfect size and structure. You could certainly opt-out for a juice carton or something similar if you prefer.  In my experience, the nut milk cartons work best. 🙂

Here is what you will need to get started on your DIY Milk Carton Lamp :
⦁ 15 – 25 milk, nut or juice tetra cartons ( The number is based around the size of the lamp you want)
⦁ Spray paint of your choice  ( I went with silver)
⦁ Fishing wire or sting
⦁ A few battery operated LED’s
⦁ M3 or double-sided tape
⦁ Let’s begin!

Make sure all your cartons are well washed, open them up to be flat pieces of material and allow to dry.

This is the tricky part so look at the images closely. There’s nothing special about the design so feel free to go rogue with your own origami type design (triangle patterns work best).  So long as you build in the flap that ties the pattern together.

Cut the carton up into 2-inch strips the longest way down. Fold them into the triangle pattern shown below with a strip on one side of each sticking out.

Get to folding!

It felt like I must have folded a hundred of these things to get it to the proper size I wanted. Again, this will depend on how big you want your lamp to be. I’m sure it would look great with 30-40 of these little triangles, so long as you can close the loop that creates the ball.

Once 5 or 6 have been built you can connect the triangles to create a hexagon pattern like the ones below.

Continue to put the hexagons together that will form the ball. To start forming the ball you can leave one of the flaps open to attach them to one another or you can simply glue each section together.  Using glue may be more effective in the long run.

Although the tetra packs tend to have a shiny surface there will still be some color from the outside of the pack showing. This is why I decided to spray paint the entire globe silver. I didn’t know how the paint will react with the waxy coating on the tetra so I wanted to make sure the color blended well. (it did)

You could opt-out for another color choice here, I think black or gold would look really nice as well.

Once dry, maneuver the LED’s inside the lamp and secure with the M3 or double-sided tape. Run the fishing line from the bottom of the lamp, secure again to the top of the lamp and leave enough line to attach to any point of the ceiling in your desired room.

You’re all set! Sit back in glory as you send good riddance to that flickering bulb you left behind. If you are looking for more unique lamp options that take way less time (only a click of a button) check out the Original moon lamp made using 3D printing here.

**Author Bio:
Brock is the founder of His store is dedicated to offering out of this world gifts for those of all ages.  When he’s not looking for the next big gift you can find him tending to his vegetable garden under the sun. **

Monday, November 4, 2019


Disclosure:  We received a copy of this DVD to facilitate this post.  All opinions are honest and unbiased!

On November 5, a secret, never-before-told tale of Cinderella comes to DVD from Shout! Kids and Gold Valley Films. The charming Cinderella and the Secret Prince is sure to have children spellbound this winter! Available for preorder now from and

With the help of good fairy Crystal, Cinderella and her three mouse friends are able to escape the attic they live in and make it to the Royal Ball at the palace … but they soon discover a terrible secret. The real Prince has been turned into a mouse by an evil witch … and the “Prince” standing in front of everyone at the Ball is an impostor! Cinderella and her faithful furry friends must embark on an all-new adventure to restore the real Prince to his true form and help him defeat the forces of darkness.

Cinderella and the Secret Prince is voiced by Cassandra Lee Morris (Your Name), Chris Niosi (TOME), R. Martin Klein (Perfect Blue), Tony Azzolino (The Grover Complex), Kirsten Day (Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures), Wendee Lee (Cowboy Beebop: The Movie), Stephen Mendel (Barbie: Dreamtopia), Terrence Stone (Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft), and Stephanie Sanditz (The High Life), directed by Lynne Southerland, and produced by Allen Tsang at Gold Valley Films.

My family really liked the movie and the girls have already watched it several times!  Would you like to win a copy of your own?  Simply enter on the rafflecopter form below!
There will be 2 winners!