And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children. Isaiah 54:13 KJV

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

My Oh! Moment! #ProgressOh

The new year is well underway. Have you stuck with your resolutions? I'll be honest, I could be doing better but I haven't given up. I'm returning to my words "too much" again and again to keep me grounded. I've enjoyed being back in exercise class and it's such a great tension reliever.

Progresso wants you to enjoy the new year and keep your healthy resolutions with their new light flavors. These new flavors are joining Progresso's line of soups that are 100 calories or less. I was so happy to receive a ProgressOh! Gift Pack.


I couldn't wait to try the Chicken Pot Pie soup and Creamy Potato with Bacon & Cheese. Those sound more like thick, rich comfort foods than a light lunch!


Now that big gorgeous bag with the nautical theme is a cosmetic bag but look what fits in there perfectly! It would also be great to hold a can of soup and a beverage. I used mine for my "girl" tools that my mom gave me for Christmas. It was the perfect size for my wrenches, tape measure, and screwdriver. Apple ran away with the compact mirror/ brush. It's her new spy tool.

I'm sure you'd like to know how I enjoyed the soup.......It was simply FABULOUS. It was flavorful, full of chunks of potatoes, and left me full and satisfied. We had warm temps yesterday, severe storms last night, and chilly temps today. It was a great time to try the Chicken Pot Pie. It really was a comfort food on a cold day. The Creamy Potato with Bacon & Cheese was just as good! I will be keeping several cans of these new Progresso flavors in my cabinet for quick, healthy lunches.




So as you can see my Oh! moment isn't particularly about my clothing or a great weight loss. Many times the thing that makes us look our best is simply a smile. It's been a season of stress for us lately and so smiles have been harder to come by. As you can see, today I had a big smile! My Oh! moment came today in the form of a HUGE blessing. My husband has been hired by a nearby police department. We are all so proud of him! He worked very hard to get to this new step in life. Along with this opportunity will come some big changes for our family. We will be moving to the next county in the coming year. We are excited and looking forward to the change. So if you notice me MIA for a little while, it's with good reason!

Now Progresso and BlogSpark would like to send one of those AWESOME ProgressOh! Gift packs to one lucky reader. Tell me your Oh! moment of 2013. Have you fit into an old pair of jeans, had a big breakthrough in a tough area in your life, or have you just received a new blessing in your everyday life? Share an Oh! moment as comment below (include your email address) before February 7 at 12:00 pm CST and  you will be entered in the giveaway. One winner will be chosen following this entry deadline. Residents of the continental US only please.

Oh! wait...there's even more! Since we all know how important it is to look and feel your best (and get the Oh! reaction from yourself and others), Progresso is giving you the chance to win the ultimate ProgressOh! Make-Oh-ver experience in Hollywood*! Three lucky grand prize winners will get to take the ultimate trip full of ProgresOh! experiences – from a head-to-toe makeover to sightseeing in LA!

Here's what you could win:
  • Round-trip airfare for you and a guest to Los Angeles, California
  • 4 day/ 3 night hotel accommodations
  • A head-to-toe makeover, including hair, makeup and a blue dress to get you ready for your own ProgressOh! moment in Hollywood
  • Two tickets to this season's live finale of The Biggest Loser
  • $2,000 spending money
Here's how to enter:
  • Visit Facebook.com/Progresso
  • Complete an official entry form
  • Share a photo
  • Tell us why you love Progresso soup
  • Tell us why you deserve a ProgressOh! makeover
Don't forget to tag your content #ProgressOh!
Three grand prize winners will each get the ultimate ProgressOh! Make-Oh-ver from Progresso®! #ProgressOh!



Disclosure: The information, products and ProgressOh! gift packs were provided by Progresso through MyBlogSpark.

Volcano!



What kid doesn't think a volcano is cool? My kids sure do! I was excited for them to learn more about Mt. St. Helens. It's important for them to begin learning real information about real places- not just generalized info on the Earth's phenomenons. And were they ever excited!

As Noah Justice took them on another journey to see God's miracles, they sat in awe. Apple just soaks in all the information. She loves science and I'm always amazed by all the facts she remembers from the Awesome Science episodes. I think the terrific visuals provided on the DVDs works well for both Speedy and Apple. The DVD format keeps them interested and helps them to understand the information.

Of course we love the study guides as well. They help us to review the information later to make sure the kids understood the information. It also helps that Noah Justice is just 14. They would much rather learn from another "kid" than from an adult. It keeps it "cool." These episodes are just right for a home school science lesson from a creation viewpoint. The short videos work well into our school day.

The highlight of Episode 5 Mt. St. Helens was watching Noah Justice go underground in his fedora. Apple couldn't wait for him to say "Science- it's awesome!" I can say that these Awesome Science videos always teach me something new too! If you are planning a staycation this year- take in the Awesome Science DVDs. It will be like taking a world tour from your living room!



I received this DVD and study guide from New Leaf Publishing for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.





Sunday, January 27, 2013

Can You Really Say?

Can you really say you are a Christian if you never


PRAY?

Can you really say you believe in the Bible if you don't believe

Matthew 18

18 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
2 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.
6 “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. 7 Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come! 8 If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. 9 And if your eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.
10 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. 
12 “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? 13 And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. 14 In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.
15 “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. 16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ 17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.
18 “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. 21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”
22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.
23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.
26 “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.
28 “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.
29 “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’
30 “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.
32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.
35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

tells you to go to church? 


The church is not perfect. The people in the church are not perfect. I am not perfect and you are not perfect. We gather together to worship JESUS, not to be perfect. We come together to learn more about Him and "as iron sharpens iron" we strengthen one another. We sing praises to His name not for our enjoyment but for His. 

Pray with me this week. Pray daily for our churches. That the churches all over the world would be welcoming. That we would welcome any that come as we are all in need.






Wednesday, January 23, 2013

What I'm Doing.....

What I'm watching on Netflix:




What I'm Reading:




 What I LOVE:
(Couldn't homeschool without it!)



















 All I Can Think About:


Sunday, January 20, 2013

Borax Winners

Thank you to everyone that entered the Borax Coupon Giveaway! I pulled the winners using Random.org. Comments 16, 4, and 2 were chosen. That means Heather C., Beth, and Jennie look for an email from me! Congrats to you 3 and enjoy your Borax!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Have A Conversation

My kids are great talkers. Sometimes too great. They've both always been very vocal and they picked up words and language very early. I never did sign language with either one. I know sign language with babies is in vogue and I know several families that had great success with it. I had 2 reasons for not teaching my babies sign language.

1. I knew a family with children with severe speech delays. They were told that their use of sign language had outweighed their use of vocal language so their children had not learned speech patterns at the developmentally important stage.

2. I wanted my children to talk. I didn't want them to sign. I wanted them to talk to me. I didn't want to spend time teaching them to sign when I felt like I could just teach them to talk instead.

How did that work for us? Great. With a girl and a boy. The only difference we saw between the two was who they were willing to talk to. Apple would speak to anyone and everyone. She was talking to people at the store, at the post office, everywhere. Speedy would only talk to us. Well....mostly me. He didn't really open up to talk to people outside of the family until he was 2.

Even with that our children were both speaking very early. At every pediatrician's appointment they were well above average on speech development. I never thought much about it. I was happy they could tell me what they wanted. As time has gone on I've seen that this was unique. It seems like once a month or so we talk with a family whose child isn't speaking, isn't learning words, and/ or isn't communicating. It's across the board- boys, girls, 18 months, 2 years old, 3 years old, even 4 years old.



Now before I delve into my opinion I want to state that I'm not a medical professional, I'm not a child development expert and we all know that children shouldn't be compared. ALL CHILDREN ARE DIFFERENT. Every child develops at a different pace. Even with my own two children their personalities showed very early- one was outspoken and social and one was an introvert and quiet. On to my opinion........

We've been asked for advice time and again by families whose children aren't talkers. Our advice has never changed and it's very simple. Are you ready? Talk to your children. Talk to your babies. I know they can't talk back. When they are newborns you aren't going to get a reaction at all. Don't be deterred. Talk to them. About anything. I don't ever recommend "baby talk." You know the garbled high pitched "Coochy coochy coo." Don't do that. Instead use simple language and clear words.

Are you hungry? Did you sleep well? Look at your pretty purple dress. See the doggie. He says woof, woof. Let's count your fingers- 1,2,3,4,5! Hear the music? Let's have lunch. It's cold outside! Time to get in your car seat. We're getting groceries. Look at the pretty red apples.

See it isn't rocket science. I talked to my kids ALL the time. Pretty much every time they were awake I talked to them. Soon they could talk back. When they started pointing at objects, I started encouraging them to say the word.

You want a cup? Can you say cup? Cup. Up? You want mommy to pick you up? Say up!

That's my advice. If you are pregnant or have a small child start now! Read aloud to your babies and children. Use your voice to talk to them. They will want to imitate you. If your child is showing developmental delays in speech, talk to them. Start now. Your child will want to hear your voice.

Beware....someday they will be 5 and 7 and they will talk from sun up to sun down......maybe even longer! :)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Crunchy Nut Cookies



This morning I had a big bowl of Kellogg's Crunchy Nut Cereal for breakfast. Ah-mazing! We've been fans of this cereal for some time now. The flakes are crunchy, the nuts are plentiful, and the taste is terrific! It's one of the few flake based cereals that doesn't get soggy in milk. Instead it stays crunchy and tasty! Just look at the terrific texture:


Add a little 1% milk and I had the perfect breakfast.


Now today it is a cold, nasty day in Tennessee. We're under a ice storm warning and it's frigid outside. We're stuck in the house, and I tend to get antsy when we are home bound. The Crunchy Nut cereal began calling my name after lunch. I couldn't justify a mid-afternoon bowl of cereal right after lunch.....what was I to do? Make cookies of course! 

You'll need: 

5 cups (or so) Crunchy Nut Golden Honey Nut flakes
1 cup white corn syrup
1 cup peanut butter  (I used a mix of crunchy & creamy)
1/2 cup of sugar


In a sauce pan over medium heat, mix your corn syrup and sugar and stir until boiling.


While that was heating up, I poured out my cereal into a large bowl and laid out some wax paper.


Once your sugar/ syrup mix is boiling, turn off the heat and stir in your peanut butter.


Once the mixture is smooth pour it over the cereal and mix gently. After it is all mixed up together, drop it by large spoonfuls onto your wax paper. 


Once the cookies have cooled and set, enjoy! I dare you to try to eat just one. They were SO good! Perfect for this cold day in the house! I hope some last until Hubby gets home from work.......


I received a free box of Kellogg's Crunchy Nut cereal for the purpose of review from Bzzagent.com. All opinions are my own.





Boys vs. Girls

I told you all about God's Promises for Girls here (check out the giveaway happening until 1/19!). You didn't think I'd leave out the boys did you? God's Promises for Boys by Jack Countryman and Amy Parker is just as great! If you have children of both genders you know how vastly different they can be. Speedy can make a weapon out of ANYTHING! It really is amazing. His natural athletic ability shines through when he starts sports that his sister has been playing of years. Her talkative nature and desire to beautify everything is a sharp contrast to his desire to explore every invention and constantly wrestle with his buddies. Girls are girls, boys are boys. It comes not from our influence over them but from the very nature God bestowed upon them.



So where God's Promises for Girls reminds Apple of her position as a princess to the Lord, God's Promises for Boys appeals to a young boy's need for respect. Boys become men, leaders of the family. I am thankful that the book of promises balances the emphasis on boys as leaders with the emphasis of God as their leaders. It would be too overwhelming for my 5 year old to only see what God expects of him without seeing what God promises to be for him. So one reading lets them know they are to be fishers of men but a few passages later tell them "Jesus, your Lord, leads the way!" I can't wait until Speedy can read all of these on his own but until then we will sit down together and I will help him read through them. The short 2 page passages begin with a promise and are followed with 3-4 verses from the Bible (ICB version) to back up the promises. See a special preview here.

In this age when our children are constantly pelted with a call to immoral behavior, I'm so thankful for books like these to remind them of our true purpose. We strive as a family to serve the Lord through church attendance, home school, and our daily lives. We live our lives not just as believers but as seekers. We seek deeper relationships with the Lord and we seek new ways to serve Him. What do you do to be a seeker? Tommy Nelson wants to help one family by providing a free copy of God's Promises for Boys! Fill out the easy Rafflecopter below for your chance to win.

I received a free copy of this book for the purpose of review as a Tommy Nelson Mommy. All opinions are my own.


Sunday, January 13, 2013

New Year, New Budget

Creating your first family budget

 Where does your money go every month? You have to sometimes wonder if the same little creature that steals socks from your laundry is somehow swiping your debit and credit cards or writing checks in your name. We all know that we need to save money and plan for the future. We might be tempted to run a marathon up hill in the snow before sitting down and seeing where money goes every month. Before you throw in the towel and decide to give up on your New Year's Resolution of saving for your kid's college tuition, that family trip your always wanted, or simply getting out of debt, give budgeting a shot with the following steps.

 Step 1 - Print off the budget form that is attached.

 Step 2 - Write down what you are spending on a monthly basis. If you aren't sure, give it your best guess.

 Step 3 - Total each category in the total fields.

 Step 4 - Total all the categories at the bottom.

 You have taken the first step in setting a budget and moving toward your saving's goals. Let 2013 be the year you accomplish your resolutions. Share with us how you are saving money and budgeting this year by using hashtag #getthrifty.

 Thanks to www.emeals.com for this helpful budget sheet. Check them out to see how you can save $1,000 each year on groceries. Right now at eMeals:  You can use the discount code BUDGET for $3 off any eMeals dinner meal plan subscription!

I shared this post as a member of the US Family Guide Bloggers network. I will be entered into a giveaway drawing.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Our Oatmeal

Psst.....moms I found an instant oatmeal for us! One that is flavored like a pancake or a banana cream pie. One that has texture and flavor. Quaker had a tasty treat called Real Medleys waiting for you!


Real Medleys come in 4 flavors: Apple Walnut (that's the variety I tried), Cherry Pistachio, Peach Almond, and Summer Berry. Each one offers a unique flavor through the combination of multigrains and chunks of real fruit.


One of my favorite features in the bowl it comes in. I don't even have to wash a bowl! YAY! The instructions include using water. I never put water in instant oatmeal. I like a creamier bowl of oats so I use milk.


Like all instant oatmeal, this is a fast breakfast. There's just something comforting about a warm breakfast. I was so impressed with the texture after it cooked. It was thick and full of cranberries, chunks of apple, and walnuts. It was also full of FLAVOR.


As I build up my goal of a healthier lifestyle this year, I need to eat a wholesome breakfast each day. Real Medleys provides that with some great flavor! I can't wait to try each one!

I received this product as part of my Holiday VoxBox from Influenster.com. All opinions are my own.


Desperately Seeking

We all have something that drives us. Some search that we've embarked upon. Maybe you are seeking marriage, money, a career, children, travel, or excitement. You might be in a place where you throw your whole life into that search without abandon. You think of that goal from the time you wake up until the time you lay your head down at night. Every task you perform throughout the day is done with consideration to its effect on your quest. Tiffany Dawn was on a quest. Her goal was beauty. She gave everything she had in an effort to attain what she considered a beautiful exterior. Her desperate search overcame her. When she was at rock bottom, broken, unsure what to do, God spoke to her heart. He reminded her that she was His beloved. And her healing began......


Tiffany Dawn bravely takes us through her journey in her new book The Insatiable Quest for Beauty. She opens her heart and lets us in through "Coffee Dates", passages from her old journals, and a special CD of songs she wrote and sang to accompany the book. Her story is familiar. Which of us has not struggled with insecurity? As women we seem most affected by the thoughts of others. I too easily recall the feelings of being ridiculed by others and by myself for my weight, my clothes, and my makeup. Even as a grown up I dealt with those issues in the workplace. As women we tend to be the most critical of ourselves and others. You would think we would band together to remind each other of our inward and outward beauty but instead dissatisfaction with ourselves leads us to be cruel to one another, even those we call friend. As Tiffany Dawn points out, "Our entire culture has become perfection-driven. The people we are seeing are not real people. They're all made up to look perfect, when people are not perfect." (The Insatiable Quest for Beauty)

I was just discussing that with some friends a week or so ago. I noted the change in television shows and movies from the 80s until now. In the 80s, movies showed houses that we could imagine were our own. There were dishes in the sink. Clothes in the basket. Food all jumbled up in the fridge. If you pay attention to most shows and movies now all the homes look like showcases. They don't look as though people really live in them! There are no pictures off kilter or books on the tables. That's one reason I like the television show The Middle. I can relate to them. They are like real people. The kids' rooms are dirty. There are chip bags on the counter. The dishwasher is always broken. That's real life. How hard to we strive to force real life to look like most television shows though? I want to run around and sterilize my house before anyone comes in. I want to hide all the food and dishes and crumbs as if people don't know we actually have to eat. It's so silly but it's an easy trap to fall into.

So if you are a young woman (or a middle age woman or an old woman) and you find yourself in the unending quest for beauty or perfection, I encourage you to read Tiffany Dawn's story. I think you will feel refreshed by her honesty. You will enjoy the coffee dates with her, the tips on footholds that she will give you, and the extras available online for each chapter. You can find her CD entitled This is Who I Am and you can check her website for information on her live events. I'll leave you with a parting word from the book for any of you single ladies out there:

"Don't date to find your worth, because you already have your worth. You are already valuable, and you are too precious to throw your heart at guys who don't treat you like a daughter of the King. Your worth is wrapped up in the love of Jesus Christ, not in boys." (Tiffany Dawn, The Insatiable Quest for Beauty)

I received a copy of this book and the CD from the author for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Promises for Girls and a Giveaway!



I love anything that reminds my daughter that she is a princess of the King. I want her to know that she is loved, treasured, and cherished by the Creator of the Universe because He planned for her and made her in His image. As we all know, it is so easy for the enemy to convince us that we are alone, unlovable, ugly, not enough, not worthwhile. My prayer is that she can be filled up with confidence in God's love now, that she can treasure those words in her heart, so that later in life she will remember them when the world seems to be crashing down around her.

God's Promises for Girls by Jack Countryman & Amy Parker provides those positive words and much more! Each short section provides a blurb about a promise from God and follows up with 3-4 short verses about the promise. Reminders for your sweet girl about being a good daughter, being sick, and making each day count are certainly valid daily reading! If your angel is pondering a certain issue or facing something tough, the table of contents at the front can point her right to the section she needs. Don't worry if your little one can't read yet, these short sections are perfect for reading aloud! The verses are selected from the International Children's Bible (ICB) which always provides Bible reading that's easy to understand.

Not only will the words and verses catch your girl's attention, the colorful illustrations are sure to bring her joy! I love the imaginative pictures and situations that the main "character" finds herself in. I also love the diversity of the characters. This little book of God's Promises for Girls really is a treasure. In a time when we must so closely monitor the media that surrounds our children, books like these really are like a breath of fresh air into our home! Apple surrounds herself with books. She has a trail of them wherever she goes- in the living room, car, purses, jacket pockets, everywhere- but this little treasure was placed in THE SPOT. The corner of her nightstand right next to her bed. 


Would your little girl love to read about all of God's promises to her? Tommy Nelson has a copy of God's Promises for Girls to give to one Carter Chaos reader. Giveaway entries will end at 11:00 am on January 19, 2013. To enter answer follow the Rafflecopter below!

Let Your Hair Down....


I have long hair.

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Well....maybe not THAT long. But it is long and thick. And it takes forever to dry. Longer than I ever have to spend. So I end up throwing it up in a bun or a ponytail. Which of course negates the purpose of having long hair.

Thank goodness Goody came to my rescue with the QuikStyle hairbrush!




I told you here about this great brush that came in my Holiday VoxBox from Influenster.com. I've had great results with it! I wash my hair, towel dry it, then brush through it with my paddle style QuikStyle. The microfiber nubs help to squeeze water from  your hair as you brush. I also use the QuikStyle as I blow dry my hair. The results are terrific!







I love wearing my hair down!

You can find a Goody's QuikStyler in retail stores for around $13. It'll be worth the time it saves you!

















I received this product in my free Holiday VoxBox from Influenster.com. All opinions are my own.

Daughters

Where do you stand with your daughter and makeup? Do you have a certain age? Do you let them wear whatever they want? Do you define different types of cosmetics as makeup? I think I've seen a little bit of it all from a family that had a complete ban on makeup- no lipgloss, no nail polish, no perfume, nothing- to a little girl on the news years ago whose mother complained that the 4 year old wouldn't leave the house without full makeup (umm.....who was buying all that makeup?!?!).

As with most things, we try to find a happy medium with our daughter. Apple is almost 8. So young in so many ways although certainly not a toddler anymore. We've never made a huge issue out of makeup (because if we did she would make a huge issue out of it), but she knows she can only wear light lip gloss and we allow her to wear nail polish. She also knows that even that light lip gloss is only acceptable in certain situations.

So when my Holiday VoxBox arrived from Influenster.com, Apple snagged the NYC New York Color Lipshine. The color was Nude York City and the color was very light. She asked if she could have it and I agreed. She loves it! The color is so light, it really just gives her full lips a little shimmer. I asked her to review it for me and she told me that it's great!

 "It doesn't have a bad taste like some of my lip glosses and it isn't really thick," she said.



She was all too happy to pose for a picture for me before church on Sunday morning. I love that she can wear it and feel girly and grown up without overdoing it. I also love that the price is reasonable enough that she can buy more with her allowance money if she wants to. 

So if your daughter needs a little Lipshine, I totally recommend NYC New York Color! You can find it in your local retailers. 

I received this product free in my Holiday VoxBox from Influenster.com. All opinions are my own.

Pretty Nails

I first told you here about the great Holiday VoxBox I received from Influenster.com. I gave you a little information on the Kiss Nail Dress that I got but I wanted to tell you a little more about it!

Kiss Nail Dress kits come in lots of different styles so you are sure to find one you like! The package I received contained a gold style with shiny circles. After I put them on the gold toned down a bit and they almost had a salmon sheen to them. Now I'm not much of a manicurist. My nails are usually naked. I am too rough on my hands and I never have enough time to touch up my polish everyday or two. That being said I actually love the way my nails look when they are "done" so I was excited to spoil myself a little.

Who doesn't want a little extra bling on New Year's Eve? We get together to play games with friends every year and I knew that would be the perfect time to dress my nails. I followed the instructions which were surprisingly easy! You simply clean your nails, shape them with the included emery board and pick out the right nail strip to fit your nail's size and shape. With 28 strips in a kit I'm sure everyone can find just the one they need.


Don't worry if the strip is way too long like mine was. The instructions tell you to carefully fold over the end and then use that included emery board to file across the tip.  

 This is what you end up with. A tiny piece to throw away.

 Then you just move on to your other nails. I made a pattern on my nails with the two different styles included in the pack so I skipped around a bit. I was even able to do my right hand with no problems.

I love that there was virtually no mess. I also love that my look lasted 4 days with no maintenance! On the 4th day, one tip came off a little and tore. I could have easily repaired it with some clear polish but I decided to go ahead and remove them. Removal was even easier than putting them on! A little dab with nail polish remover loosens them. Then just pull them off. 

I received this product for free as a member of Influenster.com. All opinions are my own.


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Get Started on Your Spring Clean

Ahhh I can almost feel Spring already. Even though it's almost January. And in Tennessee Spring can come in February or as late as May. I'm ready for it. Warm sunshine, the smell of freshly cut grass, and buttercups blooming everywhere. I'm ready.

But for now it's cold and a bit mushy outside. The days are short and the nights are long. My mantra of "too much" is already been repeated more times than I should admit. Today is a forced day at home. We completed school on schedule and I've actually had some time to clean. Yay! So I pulled out a trusty box of 20 Mule Team Borax and got to work!


Have you ever used Borax for cleaning? I became acquainted with Borax a few years ago and I've been a fan since then. My husband brought home a box and mixed a little with jelly. It got rid of our ant problem! After that we had almost a whole box still left and I'm not one to waste things so I took to the internet to find more uses for Borax.


I found that Borax is generally used as a laundry booster. It naturally softens hard water and improves detergent's cleaning power. I've found that it gets my whites whiter so I like to add a 1/2 cup to the load.



20 Team Mule Borax is 100% natural mineral from the Earth. It is rare but use gloves when you first use it as some do have skin allergies to it. I made cleaner as a Christmas gift this year and a week later my niece had broken out from it.

So Borax is for more than pest control and laundry. It also makes a great cleaner. Pinterest is a great place to find all sorts of uses for it. Simply type Borax in the search bar and see all that you will find! I like to use it for cleaning my tub. I just wet the tub, sprinkle in some Borax, let it sit a few minutes, and then scrub with a stiff brush. Rinse and ta-da you have a clean tub!


Borax has generously offered to give 3 of my readers a coupon each for 1 box of 20 Team Mule Borax. To enter:

**Tweet "Spring Cleaning Giveaway-Enter to win a box of #Borax from #CarterChaosBoraxContest! http://carterchaos-ecarter.blogspot.com/2013/01/get-started-on-your-spring-clean.html" and leave me a comment below with the link to your tweet and an email address to contact you. 

**Leave a comment below telling me YOUR favorite use for Borax

**Head over to the Borax Facebook page to tell them you enjoyed this review from Carter Chaos and leave a comment with the link to your comment.

Do one or all 3! The giveaway will end on January 20, 2013 at 12:00 pm CST. I will pick 3 winners the following day! 

Borax provided a free sample of their product so I could review it. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Green Schools

Although we homeschool we have many friends that are in the public school system in our town. We try to support the local schools in any way that we can like fundraisers, etc. When I see any type of contest for schools I try to enter when I can for the school that is closest to our home. However if it is a contest that is specific to enter for students in the school I just pass along the information.

I've come across one such contest! As a family we try to make little changes to be "green" whenever possible. LED Christmas lights for the tree were our contribution most recently. Pureology cares about schools and about the environment. So much so that they are presenting the

Global Green USA Green School Makeover Competition. You can nominate your child's school for the opportunity to win the Grand Prize a Green School makeover. 


The submissions will be accepted from January 1- March 31, 2013. All information can be found here http://www.pureology.com/GreenSchools. Pureology knows greener schools can reduce the global impact, improve school and student performance with a healthier environment, and free up funds for other school resources. 

Nominate your child's school today!

I wrote this post as an Influenster. I have the opportunity to be selected for a Pureology product package.



A Box of Goodies #HolidayVoxBox

I received my very first VoxBox as an Influenster just before Christmas. It was so much fun to unpack my VoxBox! I thought the goodies would never end!


This full size sample of Quaker Real Medley Oatmeal was one of my favorite items in the box.



Full of apple pieces and walnuts, it smelled terrific!
The instructions said to add water but we always make our instant oatmeal with milk to make it creamier.

The milk worked great. I couldn't get over the great taste. I can't wait to try the other flavors!
Apple is modeling NYC New York Liquid Color Lipshine. It's a light gloss that isn't sticky and gives you great shine! Since it's a nude color, she snagged it!

I had never heard of the Goody Quikstyle brush. It looked a little funny at first. 
I have very long, thick hair. I wasn't sure if the QuikStyle brush really would dry it faster but I was willing to give it a try!


It still takes a very long time to dry my hair but the brush with the microfiber nubs do seem to be helping and I've had great results!

I received this box of Kiss Nail Dress. This isn't a design I would normally pick but I figured it was great for New Year's Eve!
Now I'm AWFUL at doing self- manicures so I was afraid this would be a disaster. Also I dislike emery boards but they are necessary for the Nail Dress.


Look how great they turned out! I LOVED them! They look totally different on! They last 5 days with no trouble at all. When I was ready to take them off, a little nail polish remover did the trick. I was done in minutes!


I don't drink a lot of energy drinks but this green tea based Pink Lemonade by eBoost sounded great. 
I started getting worried when this is the color it became. Let me just say that it tasted NASTY. NASTY NASTY NASTY. I couldn't drink but a few sips. My husband drank a little as well. It certainly had an energy boost though! If you can stand the taste it will work for you!


All in all I was so pleased with my Holiday VoxBox! I hope I get another Influenster VoxBox soon so I can share about the goodies with you again!

For more information on these products you can find them on Twitter:
  • NYC New York Liquid Color Lipshine
    • @nycnewyorkcolor
  • Kiss Nail Dress
    • @KissProducts
  • Goody Quikstyle Brush
    • @GoodyHair
  • Quaker Real Medley Oatmeal +
    •  @Quaker
  • EBOOST
    • @EBOOST

I received a FREE VoxBox from Influenster.com for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own and I was not required to do a positive review.