Thursday, August 21, 2014

SHINE Blog Hop #14


I'm super excited to be co-hosting the SHINE Blog Hop this week with Jennifer at the Deliberate Mom. Link-up your favorite posts and have fun! :)

SHINE Blog Hop - Thursdays at http://thedeliberatemom.com - come link up your best posts and SHINE! #SHINEbloghop

Welcome to the fourteenth edition of the SHINE Blog Hop! I want to thank everyone who has been participating in this link party. Would you believe last week was the biggest week yet, with 124 posts linking up?! Wow! We're just growing every week! I have enjoyed so many beautiful, inspiring, and creative posts. Thank you for coming here to share and SHINE!

I would like to extend a warm welcome to a new blogging friend, Sarah from Mommy of Two! Sarah will be co-hosting this week's party. Sarah shares stories about farm life with her two kids. She is sweet, practical, and quite funny. If you have a moment please pay her a visit and/or follow her on her social media sites. 

Sarah | Mommy of Two can be found on:
{Facebook}     {Pinterest}     {Instagram}     {Google+}     {Twitter}     {Bloglovin}
Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom can be found on:
{Facebook}     {Pinterest}     {Instagram}     {Google+}     {Twitter}     {Bloglovin}

The Deliberate Mom
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If you would ever like to co-host a SHINE Blog Hop, just send an email to Jennifer: deliberatemom{at}gmail{dot}com

So without further delay, here are the top viewed posts from last week's SHINE Blog Hop:

 Shine Blog Hop Features from week 13

Our Homeschool Workbox Organization - Look! We're Learning!

Why I Threw My Firstborn's Receiving Blanket To The Dogs - Diz Mommy

Make Your Child's School Year Better, Instantly - Smart Kids 101

Congratulations to all of you! Featured posts will be shared on all of The Deliberate Mom's social media outlets!  This week's randomly selected featured post is:

Random featured post from week 13 of the SHINE Blog Hop

How To Cook Quinoa - Natural Chow

If you would like to help spread the word about the SHINE Blog Hop, we would be so grateful!

So are you ready to get this party started? We invite you to grab the beverage of your choice, take a comfortable seat, and let your best posts SHINE! It's time to bask in the glow of this amazing community of bloggers!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New Blogger Opp- Petbrosia Customized Pet Food

Bloggers Wanted ~ Petbrosia Customized Pet Food GIVEAWAY

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I was lucky enough to be asked to do a product review for Petbrosia Pet Foods, which is a customized, all-natural pet food! Petbrosia determines the right Petbrosia diet for your dog or cat based on their breed, age, weight, food allergies, activity level, and other needs you feel should be brought to their attention. They use only the highest quality, all-natural ingredients, grown and raised by farmers across America. No corn, No wheat, No soy, and No by-products. Go online to Petbrosia to customize the perfect diet for your pet!

Check out my review HERE

Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Pinterest ~ You Tube

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So I am in need of Fabulous Bloggers to assist in Promoting this fabulous giveaway for an amazing pet food that is delivered right to your door!

1 Winner will Receive a bag of Petbrosia Pet Food Customized For Their Pets Needs.
2 FREE Links With Announcement Post (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram)
If You Choose Not To Post The Announcement ~ cost is $3 for 2 links (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram payable to mcushing7@hotmail.com via Paypal)
 
 
$3 Co-Host ($3 for 5 links of your choice) PLUS the 2 FREE Links and a secret word page or Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest Follow Page (or two depending on # of sign ups) and you will be listed on the Giveaway as Co-Host!
PLUS other sign up options available on sign up form.
 
 
Sign Ups Close on 8/25
Giveaway Dates: Starts on 8/27 @ 12AM EST and Ends on 9/10
 
SPONSORED BY: Petbrosia
 
Open To US ONLY, Must Be 18 Years Old To Enter
Must Agree To Promote 3X's a Week Via Facebook/Twitter and Post Giveaway On Time
 
If You Have Any Questions, email me at mcushing7@hotmail.com

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Click and Chat Social Media Link-Up

The Click and Chat Social Media Link  Up!  Ready to grow your social media like a champ? Come on by and take part in this awesomely effective link up party!  @ Adventures in Mindful Living
 

The Click & Chat Social Media Link up Party #21!

Thank you so much for stopping by The Click and Chat Social Media Link up Party!
We are all about networking and helping you grow your social media numbers!
This month we are excited to announce that this linkup will appear on 12 amazing blogs!! That is 12 times the exposure for you and your links!
We are also looking for co-hosts for the coming up months, so if you are interested please contact either Amber or Kim on any of their social media and we will chat about it!
We will also have a featured blogger every week. Being chosen for our featured blogger spot means that we will share your picture (or logo) and your social media links just to let even more people see your awesome blog! To be considered for that spot you must have shared about the link up on at least one of your social medias and of course had good blogging manners and followed or liked the hosts and co-hosts on at least one or more of their social medias.
Ready to meet this weeks featured blogger?
 
Tiffany - A Journey with Tiffany
A Journey with Tiffany
Go on by and say hi and check out all of her great social media links!
Now come and meet your hosts and co-hosts!
The Click and Chat Social Media Link  Up!  Ready to grow your social media like a champ? Come on by and take part in this awesomely effective link up party!  @ Adventures in Mindful Living
RebeccaFutures / Katie-/ Sarah-Baking with Mom
Miranda- A July Dreamer / Cassie- True Agape / Heather- Krafts and Kiddos
 
 
To make it easier for you to follow your hosts and co-hosts we have put them in the first couple of spots in each link up section. Ready to link up? Great! Some quick and easy rules- 1. Please follow your hosts and co-hosts on at least one or more of their social medias! It is just good blogging manners! . You can find all of our social media in the links below! Have you already followed us on one? Find another one to follow us on! We post great stuff on all of them, you won’t be disappointed! 2. This link up is all about networking and meeting new friends! Make sure to visit some other links on any list you leave your link on!This makes it fun and really helps get the exposure on all the blogs that they deserve! You are all awesome- now go meet some other awesome people! Now if you want to be super awesome you can always tweet, share,+, or pin this link up!
facebook1 twitter1 bloglovin1 Pinterest1 google1 instagram1  
Thanks for stopping by The Click and Chat Social Media Link up party!!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Book Review: Wherever the River Runs by Kelly Minter

Photo: Urban Christian News

If you know me well, you know I have always had a heart for missions and other places in the world. Not that I don't care for the people here, but I've always wanted to travel and see how God works all over. This book has only fueled that desire more.

However, this book has also helped me see the needs that exist in my own community. Kelly talks about the beauty and majesty of the Amazon, while learning herself that there are needs all around us. Exotic trips around the world are great, and there's nothing wrong with them, as long as you can feel the same passion for those that live next to you. 

Kelly Minter starts out as a musician who lands a record deal and starts seeing her dreams come true as a recording artist. Before long, she starts to see that God has even bigger plans for her. Not long after she signs a record deal, she is making plans to travel to the Amazon as a part of a ministry. What she finds is nothing short of amazing.

Reading this book, it is hard to not imagine yourself in her shoes. The way that she writes and describes what she experiences incorporates all of the senses. I felt like I was right there with her on multiple trips to the Amazon, when really I was in a recliner in my living room. It was easy to get lost in the words and feel a connection, which is rarely achieved in the same way.

There is so much to say about this book and it's many messages. It's hard sometimes to see God in our every day lives, but He is there and very much alive. The last part of the book still resonates with me, and I believe it is the best summary to give-

"Hardly ever do we feel ready, comfortable with the task, confident in our goodness, or have any idea where the river might run, but- such a sobering wonder- He has called us still."



Wherever the River Runs: How a Forgotten People Renewed My Hope In The Gospel was just released on August 1st. You can find it at all major retailers OR you can win it below! 

Visit Kelly's website HERE to learn more about this book.

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Open to US only.

This giveaway will close at NOON on 8/15 CST



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TEN Months! {Puppy Love}

It's hard to believe that Lucy is already ten months old...and hard to believe she's not older? I can't remember not having her around! 

I had to take little Lucy to the vet yesterday. She has been house trained since February and started having accidents again. I noticed that she was also ringing her bell to go outside every 10-15 minutes. Sure enough, she has a UTI. 



Don't let that face fool you, she was only miserable because she had to leave her friends at the vet's office. I have never known a dog who loves the vet so much. I'm not kidding, she cried when we left! 

Aside from her love for the vet, there are a few other things that she adores- 

Naps.

Being clean.

Toys.

Pillows.

What she doesn't like? Forts. This is the face I got when I said I made a fort for her. 

I don't think she's happy... 

Apparently we don't do 'forts' in this house. It's okay, I still love her! 

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Click and Chat Social Media Link-Up

The Click and Chat Social Media Link  Up!  Ready to grow your social media like a champ? Come on by and take part in this awesomely effective link up party!  @ Adventures in Mindful Living
 

The Click & Chat Social Media Link up Party #20!

Thank you so much for stopping by The Click and Chat Social Media Link up Party!
We are all about networking and helping you grow your social media numbers!
This month we are excited to announce that this linkup will appear on 12 amazing blogs!! That is 12 times the exposure for you and your links!
We are also looking for co-hosts for the coming up months, so if you are interested please contact either Amber or Kim on any of their social media and we will chat about it!
We will also have a featured blogger every week. Being chosen for our featured blogger spot means that we will share your picture (or logo) and your social media links just to let even more people see your awesome blog! To be considered for that spot you must have shared about the link up on at least one of your social medias and of course had good blogging manners and followed or liked the hosts and co-hosts on at least one or more of their social medias.
Ready to meet this weeks featured blogger?
Tiffany - Mrs.Tee Love ,Life,Laughter
MrsTee
Go on by and say hi and check out all of her great social media links!
Now come and meet your hosts and co-hosts!
The Click and Chat Social Media Link  Up!  Ready to grow your social media like a champ? Come on by and take part in this awesomely effective link up party!  @ Adventures in Mindful Living
RebeccaFutures / Katie-/ Sarah-Baking with Mom
Miranda- A July Dreamer / Cassie- True Agape / Heather- Krafts and Kiddos
To make it easier for you to follow your hosts and co-hosts we have put them in the first couple of spots in each link up section. Ready to link up? Great! Some quick and easy rules- 1. Please follow your hosts and co-hosts on at least one or more of their social medias! It is just good blogging manners! . You can find all of our social media in the links below! Have you already followed us on one? Find another one to follow us on! We post great stuff on all of them, you won’t be disappointed! 2. This link up is all about networking and meeting new friends! Make sure to visit some other links on any list you leave your link on!This makes it fun and really helps get the exposure on all the blogs that they deserve! You are all awesome- now go meet some other awesome people! Now if you want to be super awesome you can always tweet, share,+, or pin this link up! facebook1 twitter1 bloglovin1 Pinterest1 google1 instagram1  
Thanks for stopping by The Click and Chat Social Media Link up party!!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Spending Time {Farm Life}

Have I mentioned how much I hate saying good-bye to my kids?

We try to make the last nights the kids are with us special before they go to their dad's. Even if we have a rough week or even just a busy one, we want them to know without a doubt we love them and enjoy our time. That 'last' night came again this past Saturday.

We had gone out for dinner Friday, so we asked the kids what they would like to do at home. Their choice?

Work. 

I'm not kidding! They wanted to help with work outside. So, we fed cows....

He loves petting the cows! 

Waiting for food! 



We planted new bushes to replace the ones that died (No, I did not kill them this time) ...

Ready to help!

She did a really good job... Ethan watched, and picked his nose. 

We watered the rest of the plants...

He wanted to have Jordan pour the water in his bucket first

Not too much, not too little....

Ethan kicked the bucket around the yard for awhile. Who knew a bucket could be more fun than a soccer ball? 



We ended the night with Toy Story. It was a pretty awesome evening!