About Me

Im a Stay at home mother of 6 children. Myrissa is age 18, Jacub is 16, Victorea is 14, Whitnee is 10 and Kirk is 7. And working on the adoption of a 2 year old little girl. We also have quite a few kids who call us Mom and Dad. My husband is studying for the ministry. We are a very busy family. I want to make sure all you other busy moms out there get the deals I do. If you would like me to do a review and or giveaway, I'd be happy to share your product with my readers. Contact me for more information. fivelilbassintow@yahoo.com

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Funkins Reusable Cloth Napkins Review and Giveaway


Does your school support and ask for you to support being more environmentally friendly? Let Funkins help with that!

Funkins has so many bright and fun designs to their cloth napkins. Pick a theme you want and they probably have it!

Check out the awesome selection at www.myfunkins.com

According to studies the average child throws away 67lbs of lunch waste each school year (www.wastefreelunches.org)
Switching to cloth napkins is just one small step that will make a big impact.

These Funkins are just all out fun to have around. Plain white napkins are boring. Spice up those lunchboxes and that dinner table. Your kids and family will thank you.

Funkins are 13x15- 2 sided cloth napkins. So easy to clean. These can be washed and washed and washed. With 6 kids, I know this from experience. I wash everything in cold water but these have never bled onto other items. The color stays wonderfully.

Birthday parties, holiday parties or just know of someone that needs a little pick me up. Why not pick them up a Funkin or 2!


Funkins are between $7-$10 and their neoprene bags to match some of the designs are around $29.99

They also have wet bags http://www.myfunkins.com/large-pouches/ , children's smocks http://www.myfunkins.com/art-smocks/ and coin wallets http://www.myfunkins.com/wet-pouches/. Just pick your design and run with it.

Washing instructions are on one side of tag and a spot to write your child's name is on the other side:


Funkins can be used as both a napkin and a placemat, brightening the table and making clean up easier. They also provide a great protective barrier for public eating surfaces. Keep a few in the car for wipes and spills!

So many to choose from! Girls designs for the little lady

http://www.myfunkins.com/girls/

Boys designs for the little man

http://www.myfunkins.com/boys/

Check them out and start the lunch boxes to become a fun experience!

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Glow Sticks Review





I can't say that I was too happy with this company. I ordered this from Amazon with the understanding that it was going to be a pack of 100 glow sticks that can be made into bracelets. I got really excited because this was perfect coming right before my daughters birthday party. The shipping was fast, so that was great! But when I opened the package a couple of the glow sticks were already glowing. Since they only last a few hours, these were not going to make it to her party 3 days later. Now, I didn't need all 100 for her party....BUT....I was bored the next day so I counted the glow sticks. There were 73 total in the container. Now if this hadn't been a review item, which means I got this product free to post my honest review, I would have been really upset at this purchase. When I contacted the rep doing this review, all they said was yes they knew about it and have changed manufacturers since finding this out. Ummm ok?? If I had of purchased these myself, I would have wanted my money back. So, I have not written a unfriendly review since my very first review, but I am kind of unhappy at how this has gone down. If I am going to be honest with my readers then here it is. The packaging was still in plastic but a couple were already glowing. The shipping was super fast. Only 73 glow sticks in the package when it clearly stated there were 100. And not even a hint of making this right.....Not too happy with this. Sorry guys!

I would have loved to have had fun but I guess it wasn't in the cards.....

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NQJ2DBG

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Personalized Children's Book Review




Not only was this book fun to make it was super easy to make! My 7 year old son rarely get the items to review. I was excited when this one came up. Plus, if you ask him what he wants to be when he grows up, he will say a ninja. A white ninja because the white clothed ones are good and the black clothed ones are bad. So Ninja it was!

Just go to KD Novelties

http://www.kdnovelties.com/

Find the book or cd you would like to purchase.

Click on it and start to personalize your book. Just fill out the information they ask for.

My son thought it was awesome that not only was he the ninja in the book, that saved the world, but his friends were in it also. The KD Novelties asks for up to 3 friends for the book. I included his older brother and 2 best friend cousins. What a neat idea this was.

You really should check this company out. With Christmas coming, would make a great gift for that young child on your list. They have plenty to choose from and you can find boys and girls books.



The prices are great! Mostly from $10-$30. The more expensive of those are personalized photo books. So not only will you have their names but their pictures also.

So go check them out and surprise that sweet kid on your list with a personalized gift that is ALL theirs!

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Brave Girls Bible Stories Book Review and Giveaway





Why not join Hope, Gracie, Glory, Faith, and Honor and they go through the Bible and see why they can be brave too. Women in the Bible were brave. God helped them become the strong, brave women that they were. Our girls can be that way too!

I am not a very brave person. I tend to hide behind my husband. But I have tried raising strong girls. I sometimes envy women I see with lots of bravery. I love Ruth and Esther's stories. Brave Girls shows you so many strong and brave women of the Bible. Some you might know and well, some you may not. But all the stories are written in a way that it is like the women are telling you their stories. This book is very easy to follow and great Mommy/daughter time.

Meet Hope
Ready for a game of football? Yeah, I know I’m a girl. And girls aren’t supposed to play football, right? Well, you haven’t seen me with my brothers. Every Saturday afternoon we’re out in the yard playing flag football with our neighbors. And if it isn’t football, it’s soccer or softball. We even have a volleyball net! I guess that’s one advantage to living on a farm outside of town—plenty of room to play hard.I actually have a girly side to me that likes to dress up and be pretty and all that stuff. But give me a pair of broken-in jeans, a T-shirt, and a good group of friends, and I’m happier than a homecoming queen.I guess you could say nothing in my life is all that fancy. Farm life just isn’t that way. But I have a terrific family. I’m the oldest, and my two younger brothers are twins my parents adopted from the Ukraine when they were two years old. I love those guys, even though they bother me sometimes. We all work together around the farm and around our church. We help out with the local charity too because we can’t get over how good God has been to us. And sharing His hope with others? Well, it beats football any day.I do admit that I have a challenge I don’t like to talk about—reading. I do okay in school for the most part. But when I read, the letters get mixed up, and sometimes it looks like another language to me. They call it dyslexia. I call it embarrassing. But I do my best to remember that God can help me tackle this challenge. And He’s where I’m learning to put my—you guessed it—hope!


Meet Glory
If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be? I’m kind of torn. Half of me would want to be on a high mountain somewhere, enjoying a beautiful sunset. Or maybe the beach, look-ing out across the sparkling waters. But the other half of me would be just as wonderstruck walking down the streets of New York City with my mom and sisters, shopping for all the latest fashions! I mean, you can never have enough boots, right? Or scarves and earrings and nail polish to match? Yes, I know it might sound weird, but there is a common thread to everything I love: beauty! I love beauty wherever I see it. In this awesome world God created, in a gorgeous dress in a store window, and in the great hugs I get from my friends. I think God’s beauty is everywhere—you just have to look for it.Lately, I’ve had to look a little harder. Life at home wasn’t so pretty, and just last summer my parents got divorced. For a while, I got really mad at God and forgot about the good in the world. But then my friends from the youth group started writing me encouraging notes and inviting me over. Their love and friendship was, well, beautiful—and it got me noticing all the other amazing ways God shows His love to me. I’ve started to see how God can take even the ugly, hard things in life and turn them into something good. I’m working on forgiving my parents and praying that God will use me to encourage other girls like me. You know, God can take even the messiest of situations and use them for His glory!

Meet Honor

My friends say that wherever there’s a challenge, I’m the one to take it! Maybe that’s why I always pick up stray animals and bring them home. I love to care for my furry friends and figure out how to make them better. I’m always going to the library to find new books to help me in my animal rescue mission! In fact, I love to read books in general. Last summer I started volunteering at the library so that I could help other kids learn to love books too.But my biggest challenge lately hasn’t been at the library or with my five pets. It’s been at school. Studying has always been easy for me, and I was thrilled when the principal said I could skip a grade. But I had a really hard time fitting in with the older kids. They didn’t seem impressed with my intelligence, so at first I tried dressing and talking more like they did, even though I knew it didn’t honor God. That didn’t work either.I just ended up feeling guilty and more out-of-place than ever. Turns out they weren’t the kind of friends I needed anyway. It’s a good thing God has given me an awesome youth group. My leader and friends there have helped me remember who God says I am.So who am I, really? You could say I’m God’s girl, even though I don’t always act like it. But I am learning how to honor Him more. And one day I hope to take all the abilities God has given me and use them, maybe to become a veterinarian or zoologist or something. Whatever I do, though, one thing’s for sure: I want it all to honor God.

Meet Gracie

Let’s just say it’s all by God’s grace that I’m here. And I’m not just saying that because of my name. If it had been left up to me, I’d still be in my old home-town of Perkasie, Pennsylvania. We’re talking beautiful green hills and parks on every street corner. I was born there, and I knew everybody (and everybody knew me) . . . And then we moved. I thought life was over. I wanted my old friends and old world back, and I was pretty stubborn and loud about it.In my hometown, my family and I didn’t talk about God much. But once we moved here, we started going to this church, and there were some girls in the youth group who were . . . nice. More than nice, really. They were cool. They liked to do fun stuff and all, but they also weren’t afraid to talk about things that matter—like what we’re supposed to do with our lives. I used to ask myself that question sometimes, like when I was walking through the woods by my house or listening to my music. These girls were able to show me the answer in the Bible. I always knew there had to be a God who made all those beautiful things. Now I’m beginning to know who He is, thanks to God Himself, those girls, my church, and, yes, even my parents who moved me here. Wanna know something else kind of funny? The only time I ever sang back in Pennsylvania was in my shower at home. I loved it, but I was afraid to sing in public. Now I’m in the choir at church, and I’m singing about God to anybody who’ll listen!

And last meet Faith

Have you ever known anybody who is homes-chooled? If you haven’t, now you do! My sister and I have been homeschooled all our lives. I miss my friends, but I still love learning at home because I have more time—to finish my work, to hang out, and to think. I’ve even used that time to start reading the Bible on my own because I really want to make God happy.But to tell the truth, I tend to try to please more than just God. I want everyone to like what I do, which has made me quite a perfectionist. Even though my name is Faith, I think a better name right now would be “Worry” because I’m always worried that I’m going to disappoint someone, including myself. The only time I get away from those thoughts is when I’m painting, my favorite hobby. Fortunately, I find lots of time for that, which is starting to pay off. I’ve been asked to help the younger kids with their art projects at camp this year, and I’ve even won some local art contests!The girls in the youth group are helping me too, and I love spending time with them. They remind me that God already knows all about my mess ups and sins but loves me anyway. I guess I’m learning that my faith is not a bunch of “dos and don’ts.” It’s about a relationship with God, who knows the real me, and He is working on me to make me more like Him. That’s what real faith is all about—believing that God loves me, forgives me, and sees me as His very own work of art, no matter what!


Brave Girls is a 224 page book that speaks about 30 strong Women of the Bible. Just let your daughter read this and she won't want to put it down. Beautifully illustrated.

You can purchase this book right now for $13.59 from the Thomas Nelson website

http://www.thomasnelson.com/children/bible-storybooks/brave-girls-bible-stories



Our girls can't get enough!



It's His love that makes us strong


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Little Critters Being Thankful and We All Need Forgiveness Board Books Giveaway


Being thankful for the things that you have is a interesting concept in children. Children tend to always want everything. As adults we see that what we have is what God wants us to have. I have to say since we don't always have, at our house, we have taught thankfulness since the very start. Our youngest just turned 2 and I am very thankful that she is already starting the "tainshoo" when she gets something she wants. In our house the phrase "we can't afford it right now" is very common thing.

Little Critters Books are so great at helping teach those, well needed, lessons to our children.


Mercer Mayer is the writer and illustrator for Little Monster® and Little Critter® books. He began writing and illustrating children’s books in 1966 and since that time, he has published over 300 titles. Mayer currently lives in New England with his wife Gina, who co-wrote many of the popular Little Critter® books. He has four children and two grandchildren.


This 24 page board book can be purchased from Thomas Nelson for $9.99.

http://www.thomasnelson.com/being-thankful

you can also purchase the 24 page paperback for $3.99

http://www.thomasnelson.com/being-thankful-1

or from Amazon for $11.32 for paperback

http://www.amazon.com/Thankful-Little-Critter-Mercer-Paperback/dp/B00OHX7FEU/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1413644635&sr=8-2&keywords=being+thankful+little+critter



I think even as adults some of us need this book! Being forgiving is not something that comes easily. Follow these Lil Critters as they learn a great life lesson in forgiving others.

Just like Mama says, “As God forgives, we must forgive each other.” Based on Matthew 6:14, Little Critter learns why forgiveness helps heal the one who does the forgiving just as much as the one who needs forgiveness.

You can purchase this book also for $9.99 from Thomas Nelson

http://www.thomasnelson.com/we-all-need-forgiveness

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Share a Blessing Sticker and Postcard Book Review and Giveaway



Are you the leader of a Missionette's or Royal Rangers group? How about a home group? This is the perfect booklet to have around. Let's show our children the great way to uplift peoples spirits. This creative little book is chuck full of 1,000 stylish stickers and 24 super cute post cards. Each postcard has an encouraging message for kids to share!


This would be great to have this kids send to friends in the hospital. Even thank you notes. My kids love to find other children who are sick and in need of a pick me up.


This has been beneficial to our 10 year old and our 14 year old. Both girls but I feel that boys might like to send them also. Why not get them involved too.


You can purchase this book from Amazon.com for $8.99

http://www.amazon.com/Share-Blessing-Thomas-Nelson/dp/0529111403/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1413578608&sr=8-1&keywords=Share+a+Blessing+book

Or from Thomas Nelson.com for $9.99

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Nuby Fruitsicle Popsicle Molds Review and Giveaway


Now the toddlers can be just like the big kids!


My older kids run around with the popsicles that are shaped like tubes. It is really hard for our 2 year old to use them. She can't figure out how to raise the ice with each bite. She also can't use scissors to crop off the top of the plastic as she goes along.

We have also tried the $ store frozen popsicle makers, too big. Nuby just came out with the perfect item for our toddler!


Toddler size popsicle trays! The bright colors caught her eyes the minute we pulled the tray out of the box. Each color is bright and shiny just like the rest. Boy and girls colors so they aren't too boyish or too girlie. Although, now, I can't keep my older kids out of her popsicles. I guess they never really grow up.


We have tried apple juice, white grape juice, grape Kool-Aid and even just water. Not only are these a great summer time item to have but are great for teething toddlers. We have given these to her when we find her roaming the house chomping on her fingers.

These do take a little elbow grease to get out of the spots though. I wouldn't call that a complaint, because it keeps her from getting up on a chair and getting a popsicle herself. The pull isn't too bad. I've also heard that if you run it under warm water for a second or 2 the popsicle will come right out.

The base under the frozen juice is wide and ridged so that it helps in keeping the juice from spilling out. Plus, as with all Nuby products this is BPA free. Nuby is all about keeping our kids safe.

I had all my younger nieces and nephews over this weekend and we just passed out the Nuby Fruitsicle Popsicles. If you are energetic enough you could even put pieces of real fruit in the juice. Would make a great after nap snack.

Each of the 4 slots hold 1 oz of juice. Just enough for them to enjoy. Also great if you make your own baby food. Mix and freeze.

You can purchase this through Amazons baby store for $8.98

http://babies-store.com/product/nuby-garden-fresh-fruitsicles/

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