Thursday, August 21

Pley! The Netflix of Legos And A #LegoMovieGiveaway! Everything Is Awesome!

My kiddos looooove Legos!  "Love" as in they would play them all day if I let them.  Especially my little guy.  He's pretty much a Lego Master Builder.  This week, we discovered Pley.  When I say it's "the Netflix of Legos," it's exactly that.  You sign up for the free trial, pick your favorite sets, and they ship it to you that very same day!  I was so impressed with their huge selection (literally 100s of sets) and super fast shipping!  They even have the newest Lego Movie sets, Ninja Turtles, Friends, Ninjago, Disney Princess, and all my kids' favorites.  Plus, if you lose some pieces, they don't charge you for them.  And shipping is free both ways.  After the free trial, you can cancel easily on-line or keep the service for $15 a month.  There are also a couple different ways to earn free credit to either keep your Pley sets or to pay for the next month.  Definitely love this!

My Lego Master Builder and Some of His Creations (Lego City Sets Available at Pley)

Super Duper Awesomeness!

You can sign up for a free 15 day trial by clicking Pley anywhere in this post.  :)  Let me know which sets your kiddos like best!

One of my readers will receive the digital version of the Lego Movie via Ultra Violet (no need to have an Ultra Violet account; I'll get the winner all set up with everything they need).  Enter below by 8/28 at 11 pm anyone's time.  I'll choose a winner the next morning.  Good luck!  

In the meantime,for your viewing pleasure because... Everything Is Awesome!!!:

Wednesday, August 20

Secrets of Sloan House, A Chicago World's Fair Mystery #Giveaway

The Chicago World's Fair of 1893 looks to have been incredible, but it was also incredibly dangerous for a woman out alone during those 6 months.  There were murders, kidnappings, and attacks on women of both the lower and upper classes while thousands upon thousands of people visited Chicago for the event.

But if you like Downton Abby or a good 19th century mystery (or both!) you'll absolutely love Secrets of Sloan House, the newest book from NY Times Best Seller Shelley Gray.  I was hooked from the first page, gripped by the mystery and the wonderful writing style of Miss Gray.  Already, I can't wait for the next book in the World's Fair Mystery series, though it won't be out until 2015.  If you don't win this copy of the book, you can find it at your nearest Family Christian Store or online.

Against the backdrop of the 1893 World’s Fair, a young woman finds employment with an illustrious Chicago family—a family who may guard the secret of her sister’s disappearance.

Sloane House is among the most gilded mansions of Gilded Age Chicago. Rosalind Perry, the new housemaid, pours the morning coffee before the hard gaze of her mistress.

“It’s simple, Rosalind,” she says. “I am Veronica Sloane, heiress to one of the country’s greatest fortunes. You are simply one in a long line of unsuitable maids.”

While Sloane House is daunting, the streets of Chicago are downright dangerous. The World’s Fair has brought a new kind of crime to the city . . . and a lonely young woman is always at risk. But when Rosalind accepts the friendship of Reid Armstrong, the handsome young heir to a Chicago silver fortune, she becomes an accidental rival to Veronica Sloane.

As Rosalind disguises her kinship to a missing maid, she probes the dark secrets of Sloane House and comes ever closer to uncovering her sister’s mysterious fate. A fate that everyone in the house seems to know . . . but which no one dares to name.

One of my readers will win a copy of Secrets of Sloane House. Enter below by August 27th at 11 pm anyone's time.

Special thanks to the wonderful people at Family Christian Stores for providing me with this opportunity!

Tuesday, August 19

Floral Chiffon and a $300 Blackfive Fashion #Giveaway!

I am so in love with my new high-low floral chiffon dress from Blackfive! It fits me perfectly (I'm wearing a size small) and is very comfortable with the elastic waist.  The dress costs $19.99 with the 20% off coupon you get for signing up for their e-mail newsletter.  I chose to pair the dress with a black skirt for a different look and wore it out on a date with my hubby over the weekend. 
Floral Printed Chiffon Tank
The skirt the dress comes with is a mini--a bit too short for my style but I couldn't tell in the stock photo.  Still, it's so feminine and sweet!  Next time I think I'll pair it with a dark pink skirt to match the flowers in the dress.  I love Blackfive's styles!  Here are some of my other favorites.  Check them out and let me know what your favorite is after you enter the giveaway below! 

Ethnic Print Lace-up Dress

Off the Shoulder Dress



Blackfive is giving away a $300 gift card to shop anything at their store! The giveaway goes from August 18th to 22nd. Winner will be announced on August 25th. Best of luck to all my lovely readers!

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Monday, August 18

Best Vacay Ever!

Once upon a time in a land far, far away from here... Alright, perhaps the fairy tale setting isn't quite right for this post but our vacation came as close to a fairy tale as you could get in real life!

My youngest daughter running toward Mobile Bay

Not so long ago, my hubby, our four children, and I had the opportunity to tour the Gulf Coast.  A wonderful job opportunity, a generous amount of time off, and excitement for learning about new places all wove together to create an amazing vacation that lasted for weeks.

Viewing the plants and gardens of The Orient.
Visiting Alabama, we discovered why its nickname is "The Beautiful State."  We toured Bellingrath Gardens, 65 acres of beauty that totally captivated us.  It was amazing!  There's also a mansion on the grounds; to think that someone actually lived there and created such enchanting gardens.  This is, perhaps, my favorite place in the whole wide world... so far.  We saw giant Magnolia blossoms, played in a Bamboo forest, and ran along the coast.

Giant Magnolia blossoms.

Brother and Sister
"Look at me, Mama! I'm strong!" said our little guy in the bamboo forest.

In Biloxi, Mississippi, we enjoyed the beach.  We invited new friends and nearby family to a beach bonfire party.  If you live by the beach or have the opportunity, you simply must have a beach bonfire at least once!

Before the sun set, we played in the sand and even found a jellyfish.  Later, we sat around the bonfire roasting marshmallows with the moon shining on the ocean, friends smiling and laughing, Grandpa strumming on his guitar, sand in my toes, no worries.  For those moments, everything seemed perfect and beautiful, and it was just a part of our best vacation ever.

On the beach.

Jellyfish in a bucket.  Contrary to popular believe, not all jellyfish sting.  ; )
Later, we made our way to Florida's border with Mississippi.  We stayed at The Historic Grand Hotel, visited an art museum, and spent the day at the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola. 

Naval ship's captain for just a minute

Blue Angel for just a minute.

In Louisiana near the Atchafalaya River, we learned about the swampland, tried fried alligator at a Cajun restaurant (delicious, I promise!), and even saw a wild armadillo at the most amazing visitor's center (more like "museum") we'd ever been to.

Our new friend, Mr. Armadillo.

Don't worry. This guy wasn't real. We did see a real one later on, but that's another story!

Our vacation stretched across weeks and states.  We basked in God's beautiful creation, were surrounded by history, but most importantly, we had a great time together and the children learned so much more than they could ever have learned from text books. Be creative; find a way to integrate a vacation field trip into your life! 

Enjoying the best vacation ever!

Sunday, August 17

Orglamix Cosmetics #Giveaway: Natural Beauty

Congrats to Katy, the winner of this giveaway!

Orglamix: 100% pure minerals, innovative shades, finishes AND fun. Of course "fun"... after all, makeup is so fun!  And I love these eye shadows.  They're very soft and delicate, made of all natural ingredients, they glide on smoothly and blend nicely.  The eye shadows come loose in a generous sized container.  You only need a tiny bit for a good amount of color so I'm thinking these will last me pretty much forever! I can't wait to try some new shades.  In the below photos, I'm wearing Skyline (an iridescent color that seems to shimmer between violet and blue) and Rose Gold (a soft bronze).

Orglamix... Get Pretty, Purely!


One of my readers will receive a $20 gift card to Orglamix!  Everyone else will receive a $15 gift code to spend on any purchase that is at least $15 or more.  Enter below by 8/14 at 11 pm anyone's time.  I'll choose a winner the next morning!

What will you buy if you win this giveaway?

Special thanks to the wonderful people at Orglamix for providing me with this review and giveaway opportunity!

Saturday, August 16

Sweet Lace Chiffon and a Romantic Evening in the Mountains

My hubby recently celebrated 16 years of being together--thirteen years being married.  He's my best friend, and I'm so blessed to be able to say that we still have so much fun!  We stayed at a nice hotel over the weekend and attended a really awesome marriage retreat--laughed, prayed, and had a grand old time.  

I wore the new Sweet Lace Chiffon Summer Dress that I got from DressLily for the occasion.  I love this dress!  I'm wearing a medium and it fits perfectly.  It came with a super cute detachable rope belt, and costs only about $15.  If you haven't heard of DressLily, you should definitely check them out!  They have adorable products at awesome prices.  Plus, when you join their e-mail list you get a coupon code for 8% off which makes the deals even better!

My darling and I wearing fashion by DressLily.

The pretty lace back.

The detachable belt and chiffon skirt.
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