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Monday, September 1, 2014

Rock The Delivery Room with ModMum & Daddy Scrubs {A Ready To Pop: Labor Day Giveaway}

Welcome to the Ready to POP! [a Labor Day inspired Giveaway Hop] hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network!

This year we're celebrating Labor Day in a totally fun way – by offering fabulous giveaways for Mamas and Babies who have done some of the hardest labor out there! Each blogger in this Hop has a fabulous Mama or Baby prize for you to enter to win – so be sure to hop around to them all after you’ve entered to win the fabulous Grand Prize, featuring Buttons Diapers and Beautiful Earth!

A big thanks to Mod Mum and Daddy & Company for sponsoring today's prize package!!

It seems like only yesterday that I was heading to the hospital to give birth to my sweet daughter, Finley...but the reality is, she just turned ONE on August 19th. I cannot believe it. As I look through photos from the hospital, I cannot believe she has grown so much or that it was that long ago.

Another thing that strikes me as I look through the photos? How cute and comfortable my husband and I both looked! I know, I know...that's not something you typically think or worry about during this busy, exciting time, but it's true. You see, I was lucky enough to review two very amazing products that kept us looking our best and picture ready.

For my husband, it was Daddy Scrubs (now Daddy & Company)! Labor can be unpredictable! You never know how long you might be at the hospital just waiting, and my husband needed to be comfortable too! These scrubs allowed him to do just that...and show off how proud he was to be a daddy, AGAIN! He was the talk of the maternity ward.

For me, well, I just wasn't a fan of the boring ol' hospital gowns! Let's be honest, we KNOW that there are going to be a ton of pictures taken on this day...and though I had no expectations of looking glamorous during and after birth, I did want to feel like I looked BETTER. Being quite petite, I also hated that those typical gowns swallowed me whole...not fun! Especially while trying to walk the hallways! So I turned to Mod Mum maternity delivery gowns! They were designed with labor in mind, buttoning down the back for easy access (whilst still allowing for more modesty) as well as openings in the front for easy nursing and skin to skin access. My husband might have been the talk of the ward, but the nurses all adored my gown as well. I felt more comfortable and more confident...especially when people were coming and going after! Every mom should feel beautiful on this big day, and Mod Mum allowed me to do just that. After coming home, I found it made for a great nursing gown as well!

What was even better- though quite unintentional- was that we coordinated beautifully! I truly loved the combination of these awesome scrubs and the beautiful gown, so I figured all my beautiful expecting mamas out there might as well, right?

If you'd like to see more from these amazing companies, check out their websites below.

Shop Daddy & Company.
Shop Mod Mum.

 Today, one lucky winner is going to win BOTH so both you and your partner can be perfectly, comfortable dressed for 'labor day'. Enter using the Rafflecopter form below.

Winner will be contacted via e-mail after giveaway ends, and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. One entry per household, winning entry will be verified. Odds of winning depend on valid entries received. A Modern Day Fairy Tale is not responsible for prize delivery.
So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Ready to POP! participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Teaching Kids About The Bible Made Easy {A Who's In The Bible? DVD Review}

**Product received for review. Post contains affiliate links.

As a Christian mom, teaching my children about the Bible is very important to me. But do you know how you can tell your children something over and over again and it just seems to go in one ear and right out the other? I did not want these important lessons to be among those things. My son loves his bible storybooks, but being a visual kid, he always seems to remember better when he sees something on video. He's a big Veggie Tales fan, but of course we know that while a great show and learning tool too, they take a lot of...creative liberty that keep the shows from being all that historically accurate! So, when I heard of the What's in the Bible series, I thought it might be a great solution. For this review, I was lucky enough to receive a download of What's in the Bible Volume 10: Jesus is the Good News. Let's take a look at what this DVD is all about:

Host Buck Denver and his friends make understanding the Bible easy as they take your family through the stories in What's in the Bible? Volume 10: Jesus is the Good News! Explore the 400 years between the Old and New Testaments, and then learn about the life and ministry of Jesus Christ from the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. This volume also shares the Gospel and encourages children (and parents) who don’t know Jesus to do so - and to reach out to a friend or Pastor to experience God’s saving grace. 

Sounds pretty great right? It gets better. Remember how I said my son was a big Veggie Tales fan? I was excited to see that creator Phil Vischer created this wonderful series as well. So, it had some of that same great humor...and of course the fun music that we loved from Veggie Tales! Awesome! But where Veggie Tales is very silly and seems to focus more on the moral of the story rather than the historical accuracy, What's in the Bible truly delves into the details of the bible and aims to teach children and help them understand the specifics...and it does so wonderfully! We still have the fun- puppets and cartoons, fun characters (like pirates, cowboys and news anchors) and songs, and yes even some silliness, but at its core it remains educational. Still, with the fun added in, it makes learning about the bible FUN! My son appreciates this much more than me sitting down and merely preaching at him, right? This particular volume even makes a Star Wars reference...a definite plus in my son's eyes!

Let's be honest, the Bible can be quite difficult to understand at times...even for adults! So for kids, it can be particularly tricky! This DVD series breaks it down in a way that is both entertaining and easy to understand- but again in a way that truly teaches, even as an adult that grew up in Sunday School, I feel like I learned from it! This particular volume is an introduction to the New Testament and the importance of Jesus. Now, as a child, I remembered learning about these stories and the messages, but I honestly didn't understand much of it at all... what did it all mean? how did it pertain to ME? I just couldn't make sense of it. The ideas of repentance and forgiveness can be hard concepts for adults to wrap their heads around, let alone children. I honestly feel that would this series been around when I was a child, it would have helped me to make a lot more sense of it all. I am glad that as a mom, I can share it with my child and feel confident that he is not only being entertained, but educated as well.

Whether you are a Sunday School teacher looking for a teaching aid for your students, or a mother like myself who wants to help her children grow in Christ, this is a fantastic option worth looking into. You can purchase this volume as well as the others from Family Christian. We will certainly be purchasing more ourselves!!

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Do you have a child in your life who would enjoy these DVDs? Which DVD do you most look forward to watching? What other ways have you found to teach your children about the Bible?

Disclosure: I received a free download of the episode mentioned in this post in exchange for my review. All thoughts are 100% my own. Post contains affiliate links...which means if you click and purchase these DVDs or any product from Family Christian, I will receive a small commission.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Dark Hope by Monica McGurk: A Review & Giveaway {#DarkHopeBook}

Are you or the young adult fiction fan in your life looking for a good book to add to your fall reading list? If supernatural novels are your thing, then boy do I have the book for you- Dark Hope: Book One of the Archangel Prophecies by Monica McGurk. Let's take a look:

About Dark Hope: For years, Hope Carmichael, survivor of a shocking child abduction, has lived a sheltered existence under the protection of her fanatically religious father. Now, liberated by her mother, Hope prepares to start life over as a normal kid in an Atlanta, Georgia, high school. Normal, that is, until Hope meets Michael, a gorgeous emancipated teen with a mysterious past and a strong interest in her. Soon, Hope's life is filled with questions. What's behind the angry looks she gets from Lucas, leader of a gang of students? Who's responsible for sending Hope strange valentines inscribed with Bible quotations? How does this relate to the sinister business of human tracking that operates on the periphery of Hope's suburban world? And is Michael really a protector, or something more sinister-and just why does he seem so familiar? In an epic narrative that takes readers from the back streets of Atlanta to the height of Vegas penthouses and beyond, DARK HOPE introduces The Archangel Prophecies, a saga of extraordinary love, vast mythological scope, and great moral urgency.

About the Author: Monica McGurk started out writing fan fiction based on Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Series under the pen name Consultant by Day. She has been recognized for her prequels and alternate versions by her fans, winning the Twific Fandom "Undiscovered Gem" award for Morning Star in 2013. Since her fan fiction days, she has left the consulting firm at which she was a senior partner and remains a full-time business executive based in Atlanta. While this is her first novel of any sort, she has been published in the business press on numerous topics.She is married and the mother of three children, for whom she creates elaborate bedtime stories that sometimes last for over a year. She has already completed her sequel to Dark Hope, which she hopes to publish soon.

My Thoughts: 

Despite having just turned 27 years old, I must confess that I still love reading young adult fiction. Perhaps it's because it's easier to find novels that aren't too 'mature' a subject, or perhaps I'm just young at heart. Whatever the reason, I still love them. Paranormal fiction has always been a particular favorite of mine as well. I'll admit it- I read and enjoyed every single Twilight book! So when I saw that this was a paranormal fiction written by an author who began as a Twilight fan fiction writer, I was intrigued and couldn't wait to dive into the story.

The first thing I noticed about the novel was that, though written and marketed as a young adult novel, it truly did not seem to be so. The main character may be a teenager, but the book deals with some mature themes like human trafficking. Though not inappropriate for an older teen audience, it is certainly something to consider before letting a younger teen read. Still, the story was told wonderfully. Not only was there this great paranormal story, but it also shed light on this very real, very human issue as well. (In fact, a portion of sales from the book support the cause...you can read more about this on Monica's Website.) These two worlds were woven together beautifully to draw the reader in...normally, I cannot say that I'd want to read a novel on human trafficking but with everything else in the story, it drew me in anyway. What a great way to educate readers on such an important topic!

Now, I don't want to give too much away, but I will say this is a great read with a little bit of everything... a great, unique story line, real issues, fantasy, a little romance, drama, action, adventure, mystery...it's all there. If you're anti-Twilight, you might be hesitant to read knowing how the author started, but they could not be more different! If I were to have to compare it to anything, I'd lean more towards Supernatural...but even then it's still completely unique.  If there's one area of paranormal type themes that I'm a little iffy about, it's probably angels...they can sometimes be a little cheesy or just...boring, I suppose...but that's certainly not the case here!

To be honest, the worst part about this book was the ending...not because it was poorly executed but because I wanted MORE! Being Book One, there were many more secrets left to be uncovered and mysteries to be solved! What happens next!? I'm dying to know! I will be waiting (im)patiently for the next installment!!

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If you'd like to learn more, or purchase your own copy, you can do so here.

And one very lucky reader is going to win a copy of their own! We're going to keep this one very simple- just one easy entry!! Good luck!!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Finley Grace, 12 Months.

12 Months!? Yes, our little miss officially turned a year old on August 19th...and I still don't believe it! How could she possible be so big already!? Aside from turning one, the past month has been a big one for her. Here's a bit of what Miss Fin is up to at 12 months:

  • Finley weighs 22 pounds and is 29.5 inches.
  • She is wearing 18 month clothes, and has a few 24 months that fit pretty well also.
  • She is talking up a storm! She can say mommy, daddy, bubby, Elsa and Anna...all the important people it seems. She has also started saying 'bye-bye' at times.
  • Waving is definitely coming along (in addition to the bye bye). Adorable.
  • She can point to your nose when asked...though only when she feels like it, it seems!
  • She tries to sing the opening to Frozen...it's adorable!
  • If you hadn't figured it out, Frozen is still her favorite. She seems to love it more and more every day! She's obsessed.
  • She likes Disney in general as well, and gets super excited when she sees the opening!
  • Fin is a great eater. Zucchini, blueberries, apples, carrots, broccoli, avocado...she loves it all!
  • She is still a breastfeeding champ, no end in sight! (I will let her wean herself.)
  • She is walking everywhere now, and has been for over a month now. She's got this walking thing DOWN.
  • She's also got climbing down...God help us!
  • She's a very curious and adventurous baby...into everything!
It's certainly been a big month for Finley, and while I am still in shock and disbelief, it is so much fun watching her discover the world! Isn't this age FUN (and perhaps exhausting too!)??

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Wear Your Baby Anywhere with Beachfront Baby {Review & Giveaway}

**Product received for review.

Ah, babywearing...it's a wonderful thing isn't it? There is nothing like having your little one close to you as you go on about your day to day. When I'm out and about running errands, you can pretty much assume that my daughter is strapped to my chest. I wear her EVERYWHERE. I love being able to get things done, baby in tow. But this summer, I was presented with one challenge where babywearing didn't seem ideal- swimming! I couldn't very well hop into the pool with my soft structure carrier, could I? Absolutely not! But holding a wet, slippery child in the water? Well, that wasn't a good option either. Was I supposed to just skip the water this year? My son thought not. Thankfully, I discovered that there WAS a solution to my water babywearing needs- Beachfront Baby!

What is Beachfront Baby? Let's take a look:

Beachfront Baby water baby carriers are a must have for the summer! 100% polyester jersey mesh lends breath-ability with just the right amount of stretch. The fabric feels like a lightweight, silky swimsuit which keeps it light in the water & dries very quickly. Wear baby in the shower, at the beach, at the water-park or in the pool. This especially comes in handy for keeping your hands free to play with or help older children in the water! Available in our original wrap-style carrier and our NEW ring sling style! Available in 10 fun colors & 3 sizes to fit every parent and every wardrobe!

Beachfront Baby Carriers feature both wrap carriers as well as ring slings. For this review, I received their wonderful sling in Passionberry. The first thing I noticed was how absolutely stunning the color is. I personally like for my carriers to be a cute extension of my personal style, so this fun, vibrant color was ideal. I also loved how lightweight the fabric was...even when not in the water, it was a great airy option for those super hot and humid summer days! Included with the sling was a great detailed instruction booklet. I've done MANY searches on how to properly wear a sling, and found some to be a bit confusing...this one seemed easy to follow for even the newest of sling users! A definite plus!

Now, I'll be honest, while we have other slings and have used them on occasion, typically they aren't my daughter's preferred method of being worn. However, for some reason this one is the exception. I honestly couldn't tell you the reason for this- perhaps the material is more comfortable for her or maybe she just likes the color (she's truly always been drawn to pink), but whatever the reason, she has on several occasions taken it upon herself to bring it to me to put her in! She has never done this with other carriers, so that must be saying something!

Aside from babies comfort, the other important thing is how well it works, and it works wonderfully! Now, I can comfortably keep my daughter safe in the water, while still allowing my little guy to have his fun too! (Of course, it is important to remember to practice safe babywearing always- especially in the water! If new to ring slings, I suggest practicing before taking it to the pool!) And the pool/beach isn't the only place that this awesome sling comes in handy...

Let's be honest- when you become a mother shower time becomes much more difficult. My children have never liked giving me the time to shower on my own. When my husband is home, I usually have him take over briefly, but being married to a military man means that he's not always home...sometimes for days or weeks...and this mama still needs to shower. I've tried putting them in a playpen or an entertainment station type toy, but more than anything, they just want mama! I've taken them into the shower in the past, but it wasn't easy and I found washing my hair to be an impossible task! Now, I can use my Beachfront sling and have a little more freedom to do what I need to do! Seriously, how did I survive without having this for my son!?

Whether you're making a trip to the beach or just want a more productive shower, these water carriers are a perfect addition to your babywearing collection! If you'd like to purchase one for yourself, use the code 
Modern Day for free shipping in the US (10% off shipping outside the US). This offer is good until the end of September.

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And one very lucky reader is going to win the wrap/sling of their choice!!! Enter using the Rafflecopter form below.

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 Winner will be contacted via e-mail after giveaway ends, and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. One entry per household, winning entry will be verified. Odds of winning depend on valid entries received. A Modern Day Fairy Tale is not responsible for prize delivery.

Disclosure: I received the product above in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are 100% my own.

Give Back While You Shop with Labels for Education + Sweepstakes! {#shop #Labels4Edu #cbias}

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #Labels4Edu #CollectiveBias

As mothers, there is nothing more important to us than our children's education, right? We send them to school in hopes that they are getting the best education possible. For a mother of a special needs child, education is even more important. We worry not only about the general education as all parents do, but also have to worry about whether or not the school has the resources to bring out the absolute best in our special children. Unfortunately, all too often schools simply do NOT have all the funding they need. Be it arts, athletics or academics, they have to sacrifice some of those needs and wants because there just isn't enough money to go around. Of course, we would love to do something as parents, but the reality is most of us don't have that kind of money laying around either. What are we supposed to do? With the Labels for Education program, we CAN help! By simply purchasing items like cereal, soup, snacks, beverages...even school supplies- items many of us are already purchasing anyway, we can make a difference in our child's school and education!

So, what is the Labels for Education Program and how does it work?

Labels for Education is a super easy program that allows parents and community members to earn free stuff for their school. It's as simple as collecting and clipping UPSs and beverage/sauce caps and sending them to school with your child. There are over 2500 participating products ranging from food products like Campbell's soups and Post Cereals to school supplies from Bic, so there are bound to be products on all of our lists!! By sending these UPCs with your child, their school earns points which can be redeemed for arts, athletic and academic merchandise. In the 40 year history of the program, schools have earned over $114 million in merchandise! How great is that?

To show you just how easy it is to earn points, I made a little trip to my local Walgreens to find some participating products.

Again, with so many options to choose from, it wasn't hard to find! On this trip I picked up a few essentials for our household. First up, some Bic products! I am ALWAYS in need of pencils and highlighters to keep my calender organized (and pencils ALWAYS seem to disappear!). We also tend to keep a can or two of chicken soup on hand for those days when my little guy just isn't feeling well and he wants nothing more than to snuggle...they are the perfect quick meal on lazy days...he particularly likes the fun shapes!!

Just by buying these products we'd be buying anyway, my son's school can earn points to buy items they need to provide the best education possible to their students! How great is that? We don't need to be rich to show our support...we just have to shop! You can even find printable coupons on the Labels for Education website, so you can support your school for LESS!

Want to help your school even more? You don't want to miss the Labels for Education $1 Million Sweepstakes. 1000 schools will each win $1000! That's a lot of much needed equipment! I know that many of you LOVE your sweepstakes, and while you may not win for yourself, how wonderful would it be to provide your child's school with such an amazing gift? Go ahead, enter now!

If you'd like to keep up to date with all things Labels for Education, check out the links below:

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Do you collect Labels for Education for your local school? What are your favorite participating brands and products? Have you entered the sweepstakes!?

Monday, August 25, 2014

#ad Be A Hunger Hero with Champions for Kids {#HungerHeroes}

I participated in this program on behalf of Champions for Kids and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

Be honest, how many times do you go to the refrigerator, open it up to stare at the contents and quickly proclaim (or think to yourself) that there is absolutely nothing to eat. For most of us, it truly isn't that there isn't anything in the fridge, but simply nothing we want, right?

But did you know that 16 million American children live in poverty? When they open the fridge to find a snack, they truly are greeted with emptiness. They do not have reliable access to the nutritious meals that not only keep them healthy but also help them both academically and socially.

Kinda puts things into perspective a bit, doesn't it? As a child, my family never had a ton of money, but we DID always have food to eat...and for that I am quite thankful. Going hungry is something no child should have to worry about! Champions for Kids agrees. They believe that all children should have: Someone who cares; a Place to belong; Hope for tomorrow and provisions for their journey. All children. They want to make it simple to give children the resources they need and show that helping others doesn't necessarily have to come in large doses, but rather foster a 'habit of giving'. We may not all be able to afford to give a lot at once, but if we all did just a little, those little acts of giving would add up to something big.

This is what the premise of the Hunger Heroes campaign in all about- action. By tapping into the power of giving, we can ALL be superheroes by helping to give the gift of food to those in need. And throughout the month of August, becoming a Hunger Hero to local families in need could not be easier. All you have to do is head to your local Sam's Club and purchase any of the following products:

  • Tyson Fully-Cooked Chicken Nuggets (5 lb. bag)
  • KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese (7.25 oz, 12 pack)
  • CAPRI-SUN Juice Variety Pack (40 pouches)

    With your purchase, you can help Champions for Kids provide much needed nourishment to children! It's as simple as that! Simply by buying products we might have purchased otherwise, we are helping out...no extra cost to us! (And if these aren't products your family personally uses, perhaps consider donating to a local food pantry? Double the giving!)

    Want to do your part? Head to your local Sam's Club and start shopping!!

    Are YOU a Hunger Hero? How can you make a difference to those children in need in YOUR local community?