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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"

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  "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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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Giveaway Alert!!!

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  Do you have any scars or maybe stretch marks that drive you crazy because they just don't go away.  Well the folks over at Scarology are offering one of our lucky readers the Scarology three-step at home scar treatment.

  This three-step system includes a natural fruit acid exfoliator, ultimate scar cream, and silicone scar sheets.  It is a three month supply valued at $89.99.

  For your chance to win please fill out the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!!!

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.  

Sunday, December 13, 2015


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  Well as most of you already know, we are always looking for healthy snacks for our families, especially when thinking about back to school time.  And so in our searching we stumbled upon Snikiddy.

  Snikiddy is actually short for persnickety which makes a ton of sense seeing as how trying to eat healthy often brings out the real picky eater in all of us : )  But no need to be persnickety when it comes to Snikiddy, read on to find out what our families thought of Snikiddy.

  Mommy in GA: I was SO excited about this review!!! Disappointment set right in as shortly after we got the good news I got some not so great news of gallstones while in my first trimester :( That meant strict diet of next to nothing so I did not personally get to try this review but the kiddos were in heaven!!!

Smashpop: My 9 year old was the only fan (She likes salt on everything lol I have to keep it put up!!!) She said "They are not my favorite," I would like to point out that did not stop her

Grilled Cheese Puffs: Ok so cheese puffs of any sort and I have a long history lol.  I was really like almost in tears when I realized these were in our fantastic box of goodies :(  The kids' all loved these and thankfully ate them up quickly so my suffering was shortlived!!!!

Baked Fries: Stupid, Stupid, Stupid gallbladder!!!!! I was scared to death to eat anything...... If you have had gallbladder issues you understand my fear of food!! Iwas exited about these also and again thank you kids' for your enthusiasim to eat everthing  the house as qicklyas possible!! I am pretty sure they inhaled and these were gone lol!!

Lastly were the
Jalapeno Ranch: My 12 year old daughter was a huge fan and actually ate all of these herself, the other kids' are not fans of hot or spicy lol, My 12 year old told me these were amazing and begged me to put them on our grocery list :)

  Mommy in PA:  Oh Heavenly Goodness, how can healthy taste so good!!!  Opening the Baked Grilled Cheese Puffs and then proceeding to leave the bag at home unattended was a terrible, terrible mistake.  When I did return home a few hours later all that was left was a very small handful nestled in the corner of the bag...just enough for a taste but not enough to satisfy the craving : (  

  I was much smarter with the Baked Fries.  I got the first taste but I was kind enough to share. Although I really didn't want to, these were almost as good as the Baked Grilled Cheese Puffs.  

  Everyone in my household loved the Grilled Cheese Puffs and the Baked Fries.  That was not the case for the Eat Your Vegetables Jalapeno Ranch...but that's ok with me because these are my new favorite chip!  Now granted I can only eat a handful in one sitting due to my tongue not liking spicy things but that just means they last me longer that way : )  

  Nobody in my house even wanted to try the SMASHPOP : (  I did try it but I am not a huge fan.  It just tasted really salty and left my lips feeling funny from the salt : (  Oh well, you can't win them all...especially when you are being compared to Baked Grilled Cheese Puffs : )

Holiday Gift Guide Gift Idea - BrickSwag

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  Looking for the perfect gift for the Lego fan in your house?  How about a gift that keeps giving all year round?  Well now you can have just that with the BrickSwag monthly subscription.

  Each BrickSwag box contains an exclusive t-shirt, real Lego bricks, an issue of their Build Magazine, plus some extras.

  The November box that we received also included a poster and a plastic drinking cup.

  Subscriptions range in price from $26 to $240 depending on if you are doing month by month or paying for a few months to a full year at a time.  Right now they are running a discount of 10% off using code HAPPYTEN at checkout.

  Mommy in GA:I apologize to my kids for being the worst mom ever!!  My kids' were not super interested in LEGOS,  and I am not going to lie I did not push the issue (Hello 4 kids' all different ages and stages!!!), We got the offer to do the lego swag and it sounded kind of cool!

My 11 year old daughter got ahold of the box first and dug in, she had a blast building her turkey and even made a space ship :) She also really enjoyed the cards included in the turkey pack of LEGOS!!  All I heard from my 6 year old son was "It's not fair, It's my turn to build now!!!"

We have had to re-draft letters to santa to include LEGO sets!!! So this box has showed us that they are interested even though I was not so sure!!

Mommy in Pa elaborated on the other goodies below but we really enjoyed the t-shirt and the drinking cup also!!

  Mommy in PA:  My son has never been more excited about receiving something for the blog LOL!  Needless to say the box was open and things were being constructed before I even had a chance to take a picture (as you see I was able to get a picture of the finished project though).

  My son is a HUGE Lego fan!!!  He has an under the bed size tote to keep all of his in but still has boxes of them sitting around that just don't fit anymore.  This was a dream come true to him.

  The project this month was a turkey which my son had a blast building.  They also include a build pack which your child can create their own project based on the theme provided.  I do believe the theme for November was food.  There is actually a type of contest where the child uses their build pack to create and then submits their entry for a chance to win.  We did not really have time to attempt it this time but hope to in the future.

  The t-shirt is really cute and unique (my son won't have to worry about someone having the same Lego shirt as him) and the plastic drinking cup is awesome : )

Here are my 10 year-old's thoughts:  "I really liked the concept of what they are doing.  The challenge sets are also really fun to try, they are actually a challenge.  It's really fun to build what they have set up even though it is small.  I like how it has a lot of pieces.  They also have pieces that you don't get in most Lego sets that you have to buy individually off of the Lego website.  It is definitely worth the money because it takes them a lot of time to get the Legos that they put into the sets."

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide Gift Idea - Pizzacraft Round Glazed Pizza Stone with Handles

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Pizzacraft Round Glazed Pizza Stone with Handles

  Another great gift idea for the pizza lover in your life (or for yourself if you love pizza as much as I do).  The Pizzacraft Round Glazed Pizza Stone with Handles will leave yourself asking why you never owned one of these before.  

  Mommy in GA:
Ok I try to reserve my OMG moments for those really great moments in life!!! Let me just say

This Pizzastone is AMAZING!!!!!!! I am not sure how I functioned before owning one of these!!!!

Ok the above picture is of my new FAVORITE kitchen item!!The pizza stone........ now I know it is called a pizza stone but......I have used this bad boy for MANY things!!! 
Pizza (obviously!!)
pig in a blankets (hot dogs wrapped in crescent rolls)
bagel bites
those are just a few things off the top of my head and I have not had this stuff for very long!!

  The picture above is of my first homemade pizza with my pizza stone (I have been going through some stuff this pregnancy so I did not get to try this pizza BUT, the kids said it was AWESOME!!!)
It looked and smelled AMAZING for the record!

Super easy to clean no soap required (seriously!!!Do NOT use soap!!!) the flavors soak right into the pizzastone!!!

As for anyone in your life that may say oh something else you don't need.........The same thing happened to me and now when I am cooking I get asked," why not use the pizza stone??"

Holiday Gift Guide - Kitchen Helper - My Pain Away After Burn Cream

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My Pain Away After Burn Cream

  Ok so baking during the holidays is a big deal for both our families.  Whether it's cookies, pies, or dinner rolls we all bake our fair share.  There is one thing that makes the whole experience a little annoying...burns.  It never fails, everything is going great, and next thing you know you are bumping your arm off the edge of the oven...that is if you even remembered to put on your oven mitt...LOL!

  Well the people over at Topical BioMedics have incorporated one of our favorite products (Topricin) into My Pain Away After Burn Cream that works for sunburn, wind burn, blisters, chaffing, itchy skin, scar healing, and you guessed it...oven burns : )

  As with the Topricin we reviewed, this product is also homeopathic so no need to worry about scary ingredients or using it too much.  It is also Diabetic-friendly.  

  How it works is by helping the body remove all the excess toxins and fluids at the injured area which in turn allows the oxygen and nutrients to flow back into the cells.  

  3 Percent of all sales of the Burn Cream are being donated to burn centers.  

  Mommy in GA: We LOVE homeopathic products in my house!!! You never know what you are putting on yourself or your kids when they have harsh chemicals :(

As for it being a burn cream, Hello you are right down my ally!!

I work in a school cafeteria so I burn myself a lot at work and at home!!!
I have used the after burn cream several times and it works great every time,  It pulls the burn out every time and almost instantly!

  Mommy in PA:  We are always excited to try out new products and always more so when we get to try out a new product from a company that we already love : )  

The very first test we used this product for was sunburn.  We had been out at the flea market for two days and my daughter had forgotten to apply sunblock to her arms : (  Needless to say she got a little burnt but no worries the After Burn Cream saved the day.  This is the first burn cream we have tried that worked in relieving the pain right away and helping to heal the sunburn quickly.  She put it on in the evening and by morning the redness had all but disappeared.  

The next test was the dreaded stove burn...she had been making some mac n cheese (noticing a trend here yet...don't worry, she's old enough to operate the stove by herself LOL) and had brushed her arm up against the pan.  My Pain Away After Burn Cream to the rescue again.  We don't even bother reaching for anything else at this point : )  

I haven't tried it for scar reduction yet but plan on doing so soon.  I really just wanted to make sure we had enough for burn treatment at this point : )

This is another one of those products that will be in our house for many years to come.  It is so great not having to worry that you are applying something too much or what terrible side effect it could be having on your loved ones.  Thanks again Topical BioMedics for another great product!