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Thursday, August 25, 2016

"Approval Junkie: Adventures in Caring Too Much"

disclaimer:  I received this book for free from Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest opinions.  All opinions remain my own.

"Approval Junkie:  Adventures in Caring Too Much"

by Faith Salie

  The way Faith sees it we all have a bit of Approval Junkie in us.  Which really makes a lot of sense when you think about it.  Why else would people have to have these lavish houses with perfect yards, cars that have all the latest gadgets, or sending our kids to school wearing only the biggest name brand clothing?  It's because deep down we all want to feel accepted and maybe even liked.

  This book is a story of how Faith's desire for approval led her through many challenges but she does it with a humor that will leave you laughing throughout.

  Don't worry, Faith isn't going to ramble on and on about ways that you can change the way you are, she more or less lets you see how to embrace it.

Mommy in PA: 

 With chapter titles like "Howler Monkey", "Face for Radio", "What I wore to my divorce", and "Wait, Wait ...Don't tell me about Batman's nipples", how can this not be hilarious.  

  With a bit of Approval Junkie scattered throughout my life, ok so  maybe a lot, I really related with Faith.  Although I did have some difficulties understanding what she was talking about with some of her vocabulary which really made me think that I should have gone to college, LOL.  

  I just can't say it enough how funny she is.  Although this was not a self-help book so much as a good humor read it was worth every last second.  Thanks for the fun, Faith : )

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Lifetime Movie Club!

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  Watch your favorite Lifetime Movies on your time on your choice of devices.  Movies are commercial- free and there is a new movie added daily.  

  Mommy in GA and Mommy in PA have been a fan of  Lifetime movies for years.  We are really excited about having this service available to watch on our tablets/phones.  

  Currently the supporting platforms are iphone, ipad, ipod and Roku players with more coming soon.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

"Iesodo Joy"

disclaimer:  I received the product below for free in exchange for my honest opinions.  All opinions remain my own.

"Iesodo Joy"

  With the kiddos all home from school for the summer we as parents are left trying to figure out ways to keep them entertained.  Often times when it is too hot outside our kids are left either watching tv or playing video games.  Well the tv shows and video games these days are nothing like the ones we had growing up.  Sometimes it is practically impossible to find something that is appropriate for our kids.

  Well in steps  FishFlix is one of the top destinations online for Christian and family-friendly dvds.  

  I received "Iesodo Joy", it is one in a series about Iesodo and his friends available at  Here is what we thought:

  Mommy in PA:  This movie was beautiful!!!  Not only in the telling of the story of the Nativity but also in the animation and the music.  

  My son is a little too old for this movie as I believe this is actually meant for about 2-5 years but I wish we would have had this when he was little.  This is a great way to get small children to understand the story of Jesus's birth in a way that they can more easily understand.

The story is about how Iesodo's friends are planning his birthday party but there are others trying to keep them from celebrating.  See how the friends come up with a solution. 

  The artistry is amazing, the characters are just so darn cute  : )  My favorite characters are the tortoises, I really wish there would have been more of them but they were the ones carrying the three wise owls so they weren't seen a whole lot.  

  I also loved the music.  There are a couple of the songs on here that I personally would have downloaded and played for my son all the time when he was younger.  

  I love the idea of having a whole series of videos using these characters because it is easy for the kids to recognize them after just a short time.  I believe that this series can help a lot of parents have an easier time teaching their children about the Bible.


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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

"Colors of Loss and Healing"

disclaimer:  I received the following product for free in exchange for my honest opinions.  All opinions are my own.

"Colors of Loss and Healing :  An Adult Coloring Book for Getting Through Tough Times"

by Deborah S. Derman, Ph.D.

  So I know a lot of you are probably wondering how a coloring book could possibly help a person through tough times.  Well Deborah had a lot of experience with death and healing as she witnessed the death of both of her parents in a plane crash, she lost a close friend to suicide, her husband passed away when she was pregnant with their third child, and she also survived breast cancer.

  So if anybody knows how to teach others how to cope with their grief than I believe Deborah is qualified : )  She puts it this way:

  "The emotional and physical pain were just too great to handle.  I made a deal with myself to try to live for just one more hour at a time.  I looked at my watch at 10 a.m., thinking I would just try to live until 11.  Coloring, for me, is a beautiful metaphor for taking things one small step at a time.  Just pick up a pencil, and fill in one space.  Don't worry about filling the whole page or completing the whole book.  Healing from loss is a lifelong process.  We need to make meaning of the loss as we move forward in our lives."

  This isn't just an adult coloring book either, it also features a word or phrase on every page as part of the overall picture design.  Each page is focused on part of healing.  Some of my favorite examples are "One Day at a Time", Forgive, and Breathe.  Each page also has a place for you to write your thoughts and feelings about what the word on that page means to you.

  Mommy in PA:  I really didn't know what to expect with this book.  I wasn't sure if I would even like any of the pictures as I totally expected just a bunch of flowers or designs like most of the other adult coloring books I have seen.  I was totally surprised that this one features all kinds of nice pictures including animals, flowers, household settings, and even music themed.

  I love the words on every page idea.  It really does help to think about what each of the words means to you, even if you currently aren't dealing with any majorly tragic event it still helps to think about when you did and how you coped then.

  I am not really into using colored pencils and decided to use my ultra fine point permanent markers.  Now if you really want to do the writing parts or even the next picture, this is not a good idea as they bleed right through.  I am going to have to get some colored pencils for the rest of the book I guess    : )

  I think another way that this helps with grief is by taking your mind off of it for awhile.  If you are busy concentrating on filling out these tiny little patterns than you aren't really thinking about much else.  You can get lost in these pictures for hours.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016


disclaimer:  I received the following book for free from Tyndale House in exchange for my honest opinions.  All opinions remain my own.


by Rachel Anne Ridge
foreword by Priscilla Shirer

  "Flash" is the story of one family's struggles and how a stray donkey gave them just what they needed...perspective.

  This book gives you the day to day views from a person's and a donkey's view of things.  Was he really stubborn, or just that cautious?  Was he trashing the place because he hates us, or is he just a little reluctant for change?  Why doesn't he like the dog, Beau?  

  Rachel started this book when she realized how many little scribbles and notes she had written about Flash's journey with them.  She realized that others too could benefit from knowing what this stray donkey had taught them.  

  At the end of every chapter is the lesson that Flash taught them from that event.  

  Mommy in PA:  What a cute book!!!  I read a good bit of this one out loud to my family as there are some very funny parts.  

  My favorite chapter is the one titled "A Pasture Romance".  Flash really surprised everyone when the new horses moved in next door.  Ever met a donkey with a criminal record...

  The author made this book an easy read with her writing style...I love it.  Just don't leave this sitting out for guests cause if they read just a few pages they will want to read the whole thing and who knows when you'll get it back. LOL

  Flash is such a lovable character and the fact that he indeed is a real donkey makes it that much better.  You can really feel his personality come through in Rachel's writing.  You can feel the love that this family has for him and the love that he returns through his many lessons.  

  I love that she ends each chapter with the lesson that Flash has taught them.  My favorite lesson is "Run with Horses" or as Rachel says... The pursuit of excellence conquers fear.  

  If you are looking for an inspirational read, and happen to love animals, then this book is for you.  


Friday, July 1, 2016

Best in Baby Biz & Kids Magazine BIG GIVEAWAY...still time to enter!!!

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

"Go Ahead & Like It"

disclaimer:  I received the following book for free from Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest opinions.  All opinions remain my own.

  "Go Ahead & Like It"

by Jacqueline Suskin

  In the technologically advanced culture we live in the word "like" takes on a whole new meaning.    People go crazy liking this and liking that, sometimes you wonder how a person can like so many things.

  Well in "Go Ahead & Like It" the author shows us how to make lists of our likes.  Ones that take just a little bit of thought and may actually help us recall some of our past that has begun to be forgotten.

  Jacqueline not only shows us some of her own lists but also explains how to write them and when.

  Mommy in PA:  What a clever idea for a book.  Amazingly one of my likes is lists so that puts this book on my list of likes.

  I love how the author explains that how using lists can actually make a unsatisfactory situation seem better, even if just for a moment.  Making a list is a great use of your time when you are stuck in traffic or a doctor's waiting room.  Making a list can, at the least, take your mind of the situation for a little while.

  I like how she said she has lists everywhere.  This sounds like the sticky notes at my house : )  

  I have always had fondness for lists.  Grocery lists, to-do lists, lists in books are my favorite.  I love when information is compiled into lists.  It makes everything quicker to read and to the point.

  One exercise she recommends is making a list and then choosing a few of those things to reflect upon and explain why they made it on the list.  This is one of the ways you can help refresh lost memories.  Just imagine a special day in your life as a child and begin jotting down things based on all of your senses.  Then as you recall them you may be surprised what you will remember.

Keep in mind that this is a rather short book, took me about half an hour to read the whole thing.  But the concept is simple and there isn't a lot that needs explained.  Just enjoy it for what it is.

  Since I have reviewed this book I feel as though I too should write my list of likes:

1.  monarch butterflies

2. rainbows

3.  how the wind picks up before a thunderstorm

4.  tiny smooth pebbles

5.  the smell of peonies

6.  the smell of gasoline

7.  the smell of wood shavings

8.  almost any kind of music

9.  the moment when my kids actually find something that they can play together

10.  fishing

11.  oh yeah....and this book.

Monday, June 27, 2016

"Bella's Gift"

disclaimer:  I received the following book for free from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest opinions.  All opinions remain my own.

"Bella's Gift"
by Rick & Karen Santorum with Elizabeth Santorum

  "Bella's Gift" is the heroic journey of one family's ability to challenge the system to keep their daughter alive even when others seemed to want the exact opposite.  Hear the emotion right from the people who experienced it.  

  Bella was born with Trisomy 18, also known as Edwards Syndrome.  What that means is that she had an extra eighteenth chromosome in every cell of her body.  It is a rare condition and one of which many doctors will tell you is "incompatible with life".  Of the 90 percent of Trisomy 18 babies who make it through birth only 10 percent will make it to their first birthday.  

  How can this family beat the odds, will their strength as a family and their Christian faith be able to overcome these odds?  

  Mommy in PA:  This story hits close to home in a couple of aspects.  As some of you I'm sure are aware, the Santorums are from me.  And they have a child with special needs.  My son also has special needs (Type 1 Diabetes) but it is nowhere close to the life or death struggle they face everyday with Bella.

  This book has a lot of ups and downs.  You can feel the emotion as if you are there with them.  When the doctor didn't want to send them home with oxygen you want to be able to fight along with them.  You can also feel the extreme amount of love they have for Bella and the way Bella loves them back.  This is one of those families that everyone dreams to be a part of.  The close knit, siblings love one another kind.  

  The only thing that I really didn't care for in the book was some of the chapters about Rick's political campaigns seemed to drag on a little longer than my mind could stay focused.  Some of it was certainly pertinent to the story, but I feel that they just went a little too into detail in parts where it wasn't really needed.  

  I love how it feels like you know them, like really know them, like been family friends for years with them.  They don't hold anything back, you can really feel the honesty, even if it's something they were not proud about...they will tell you anyway.  That's what makes a great book.


Monday, June 20, 2016

And the Winner is...

  The Winner of the Scarology three-piece set is...

Laurie E.

  Congratulations Laurie!!!  Be sure to check your email for a message from us along with instructions on how to claim your prize : )  Thanks for entering everybody!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Washing Wednesday - Citric Acid (Taking orange sunblock stains out of clothing)

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Citric Acid  

  Summer is almost here but the temps have already reached high enough to break out the swimming suits and most definitely the sun block.  Speaking of sun block we had quite a bad experience with some on Memorial Day weekend.

  Mommy in PA and her family decided to go out fishing and were making sure they applied and reapplied their sun block throughout the day as it was a scorcher and being out on the open water only seems to make it that much worse.  It was a beautiful day, we caught lots of fish, we went down to the in-laws for a cookout afterwards, it was great.

  Then the next day I went to put our clothes in the laundry and I noticed that my son and I had orange stains all over our clothes.  We have the occasional iron issue with our water here but these hadn't even made it in the washing machine yet.  And then I realized that where the stains were was where the sunblock had been touching : (

  I was so bummed...I had only wore the shirt that one time, and now it was ruined...or was it?!?!  I did a search online and found others had the same problem, some sunblocks will do this to clothing, I never had this issue before so I read on and on until I happened upon a post about citric acid.

  Citric Acid is what canners use when canning tomatoes in place of lemon juice.  And another thing...this lady said it would take away the orange stains.  Sign me up!!!

  So that evening we went to the store and picked up some citric acid (you can find it in the canning department).  And another great was under $3!!!

  I got it home and first attempted to make a paste with it and applied it to the shirt directly and rubbed it in...nothing.  I knew I should have read more about it but instead decided to just wing it and make a solution to soak it in.  I put a couple of tablespoons of the citric acid in a bowl of warm water and submerged the shirt.  I am very impatient when it comes to these kind of things and was beginning to think it was a failure when I noticed about ten minutes in that the water was starting to get a yellowish look.  I rung the shirt out and resubmerged it and left it in awhile longer.  After about 30 minutes the water was definitely yellow and the stains were starting to disappear.  I continued the process for quite awhile, not sure exactly how long but it worked.

  This got me thinking about a tank top I had that was originally white with gray polka dots that now had orange spots because of the iron in our water.  This shirt was surely doomed due to the fact it had already been through the wash and dry cycles many times as I used it only under other shirts.  But I decided to give it a try anyway and got very good results with it as well.  Now there were a couple spots where it didn't come out completely but enough that I would not be worried about wearing it alone.

  I am pretty sure my family thought I was crazy that night because I kept looking for more clothes to try this on.  We have used it on probably ten shirts now with very good results.  Keep in mind that it is not exactly a miracle and not all orange stains will totally go away but they definitely seem to get lighter anyway.

  Here are pictures of my most recent endeavor (this tshirt has been orangeish from our water issues for years):

Above is the t-shirt before the Citric Acid bath.  As you can see the iron in our water really messes up whites when the water softener isn't working properly : (

You will need a bowl/bucket (depending on the size of the item) of warm water, Citric Acid (I use about two to three tablespoons), and your this case, the orangeish t-shirt.

This was after just ten minutes of soaking.  You can see how yellow the water is turning already. 

I left this particular shirt soak over night due to how orange it was but most items you just keep checking until the orange stain is gone or in some cases almost gone.  This shirt didn't come totally orange free but it is a lot better than it was : )

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Best in Baby Biz Giveaway!!!

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Best in Baby Biz Giveaway!!!

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Giveaway Alert!!!

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We Are Back!!!

  Wow!!!  It has been forever since we've posted, just doesn't seem like it has been almost four months : (  We owe you, our readers, a huge apology and an explanation.  So here goes...Mommy in GA welcomed our newest product tester into the world on March 8th (10 pounds 2 ounces of cuteness), needless to say it was a rough pregnancy (gallbladder removal and a diagnosis of diabetes), a rough delivery, and a long recovery.  We can't wait to get back to posting and hope that ya'll haven't given up on us.  We are going to try to get back to our original format with the daily categories and maybe we will have a surprise or two in store for you in bits of daily wisdom and humor.

  Thank you to all that have continued to check back here from time to time we really appreciate it : )  And for those of you who are new to our blog, Welcome from GA to PA and everywhere in between : )


Friday, February 19, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide - Beauty Idea - CandyLipz

disclaimer:  We received the product below for free in exchange for our honest opinions.  All opinions remain our own.


  Need a great finishing touch to your glammed up holiday style?  How about finishing your look with gorgeously plump lips without having to get any expensive procedures done...sound impossible, well it's not thanks to CandyLipz.

  CandyLipz is an all-natural, non-surgical Xtreme Lip-Shaper System.  No waiting either...results are immediate!  It has also been clinically proven and dermatology tested to be safe and effective.

  Just decide if you want to plump both or just one, squish the base of the system and line it up on your lips and release.  The longer you leave the plumper on the larger your lips will be.  

  CandyLipz is currently running a special of 50% off all Lip Plumpers!!!

  Mommy in GA:  I am a little cautious about the use of this product right now due to pregnancy and gestational diabetes.  I will post in the future if able to use the product.  

  Mommy in PA:  Ok so this has to be the #1 scariest product we've gotten to review yet LOL!  Due to the fact that it warns you about possible bruising it was hard to find a time to initially try it when I wouldn't be going out in public shortly after.

  After getting over my fear and actually attempting it I was surprised that I could get good results without having to leave it on for very long.  It took me a couple of tries to get it lined up and get the suction correct but it wasn't really difficult.  It actually made my lips hurt a little bit, like a pinching feeling but it did make them plumper : )  I will be gradually working my way up on how long I leave it on, I think I am a long ways away from the one to two minutes they suggest LOL!

  Oh and don't worry, the product comes with a lot of info for new users and their site is also jam packed full of helpful info for those who need it.  

Holiday Gift Guide Gift Idea - Travalo

disclaimer:  We received the product below for free in exchange for our honest opinions.  All opinions remain our own.


  So do you know someone who travels a lot?  Or maybe you do a lot of traveling?  Well ladies with the strict rules on what you can and cannot take on planes with you these days it gets a bit daunting.  What if you have a signature fragrance that you wear all the time.  Well what if that fragrance doesn't come in a small enough container to take with you on your flight?  Well Travalo has the answer.  

  The Travalo Excel and Milano is the perfect size to take in your carry-on luggage, and even has a pressure regulating system built in to prevent leaks.  And for all of you eco-friendly people out there it is also 98% recyclable.  

  I know what you are on Earth do I get my fragrance into the Travalo?  Well it's simple.  Just remove the plastic cap from the top of your fragrance bottle (the cap you push on to spray) and place the bottom of the Travalo over the tube.  You then just move the Travalo up and down until the Travalo is full (which is easy to tell by the clear side window that they nicely provide).  When full the Travalo holds 65 sprays of your favorite fragrance.

  Travalo Excel comes in 9 different colors and is also available at ULTA.  Travalo Milano comes in 8 color choices.

  Mommy in GA: These are a fantastic gift for all those ladies in your family that have to do a lot of traveling be it to come home and visit, to travel for work, or that just travel for fun!

The Travelo allows you to pack your favorite fragrence  and carry along in your luggage without having to worry about security confinscating it!!

  Mommy in PA:  How cool is this.  I don't really do a lot of traveling but I do like to keep some fragrance handy without having to lug the whole bottle around.  This is really cute and fits in my purse nicely : )  Filling it really was a breeze too, now I didn't fill it completely up but I did put enough of my fragrance in for a few days and had no issues at all.  

   What a wonderful gift idea at an affordable price.  The Excels sell for $19.99 and the Milano for $49.99.