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8/18/17

Thirty-One Gifts Lunch Thermal Giveaway - #BackToSchool

In my birth country, back to school is in September. I missed that. I miss having long times with my children. 

When do your children go back to school? Share with me below for a chance to win. 

Thirty-One Gifts Lunch Thermal Giveaway

Welcome to the Thirty-One Gifts Going My Way Backpack Giveaway!

This is part of our Back To School Gift Guide, so please check it out!
This contest is hosted by the Social Media Gurus Network!
Below is a list of all the bloggers involved in the gift guide.

Michigan Saving and More

Deliciously Savvy

Tales From A Southern Mom

Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains

Here We Go Again ready

My Silly Little Gang

Everyday Gizmos Sweeps & Views

Bargnhtress

Easter Babe’s Theory

Peyton’s Momma

Java John Z's

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Now let’s get to the sponsor!

Thirty-One Gifts


Lunch Break Thermal

Winner chooses pattern and monogram
$25.00 RV
See the review HERE.

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GIVEAWAY

This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site.You are not eligible if you have won a prize from the sponsor in the last 12 month. This Giveaway is valid in the United States Only and Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 9/10/17. The winners will have 48 hours to email their information back to las93063 at gmail dot com or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contests are responsible for prize fulfillment. If you would like to be a sponsor in a giveaway like this please email Laura Smith at las930 (at)gmail (dot) com. If you take an entry you must stay following for the entire contest or you will be disqualified.

Also we all “love it if you like us” on Facebook! If you like our blogs on social media it helps us bring you only the best giveaways and more of them!

Enter below and Good Luck!



Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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8/16/17

Indie Bookfest 5th Anniversary

I would love to visit Indie Bookfest one day. Have you been? Are you planning to go this year?


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Over eighty fabulous authors, panels and workshops for both authors and readers . . . two amazing parties and a huge signing . . . where in the world can you find all of this awesomeness in one event?

Indie BookFest, of course!

This premier author-reader event, in its fifth year in central Florida, takes place September 28 th through October 1 st at the Westin Lake Mary.
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Indie BookFest is the only non-organization- affiliated author event to offer a dedicated Industry Day, with representatives from a variety of service companies presenting workshops, participating in panels and meeting with authors. This year, industry reps include those from Written Word Media, Draft2Digital, Robin Reads, Bublish and more.

But IBF isn’t simply an author education conference. We also offer an entire evening and day of Reader Appreciation panels and presentations—PLUS FanFare, an evening where the authors entertain the readers.

And if that wasn’t enough, there’s also a three-hour signing that is free and open to the public, on Saturday from three to six.

Tickets to Indie BookFest 2017 are available now. There are several options for readers and for attending authors:
--INDUSTRY DAY Ticket: This option provides admittance to and participation in all the panels and workshops offered on Friday, September 29 th . Topics will apply to both new and established authors, as well as to others in the publishing field. This ticket allows attending authors and those interested in exploring the possibility of authorhood to participate in the entire weekend; it also includes FanFare, Reader Appreciation Day participation, the signing and Saturday night party. Thursday night’s Dinner with the Authors is not included.

--VIP TICKET: This option provides admittance to and participation in all aspects of Indie BookFest, including access to the entire weekend EXCEPT the Thursday night dinner (available at an additional charge), including the Green Room, all panels, workshops, parties and signings. VIP ticket holders also receive a special VIP swag bag.

--GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET: This option includes access to FanFare on Friday night, reader workshops and panels on Saturday, the three-hour signing on Saturday, and the Saturday night party, as well as access to the Swag Tables.

--YOUNG AUTHOR EVENT: The Young Author session will take place Saturday, September 30, from 9:30-11 AM. Attendees must be under 18 to attend. A panel of authors will lead the workshop, which will explore all nuances of writing and publishing a book. Very Important: This is an add-on ticket to the main event. You must purchase either a general admission/VIP or Industry Day ticket to add this event.

-- THURSDAY NIGHT DINNER WITH THE AUTHORS: Join authors from Indie BookFest 2017 as we kick off the event with a lovely buffet meal in a beautiful setting.
Indiebookfestpjparty For more information and to purchase tickets, visit our website and Eventbrite page.


Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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8/13/17

Pet Lovers Bundle Giveaway

Oh my sweet kitty would love these for himself :) 
Do you have pets? Share with me below and enter for a chance to win!

Pet Lovers Bundle Giveaway! 4 Prizes ~ 1 Winner (Ends 9/10) @SMGurusNetwork

Welcome to the Pet Lovers Bundle Giveaway!

There is 1 winner for this giveaway. 1 Lucky Winner will receive a collar and bracelet from FriendshipCollar, a pet tag from Bad Tags, a pair of grooming gloves from HandsOn Gloves and a BugBand Bundle Family Pack!

This is part of our Back To School Gift Guide, so please check it out!
This contest is hosted by the Social Media Gurus Network!
Below is a list of all the bloggers involved in the gift guide.

Michigan Saving and More

Deliciously Savvy

Tales From A Southern Mom

Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains

Here We Go Again ready

My Silly Little Gang

Everyday Gizmos Sweeps & Views

Bargnhtress

Easter Babe’s Theory

Peyton’s Momma

Java John Z’s

Teach My Yoga Mat Set – Hop & Learn Giveaway

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Now let’s get to the sponsors!

Read My Review Here

Winner Receives Everything I Reviewed (pictured below)

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This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. You are not eligible if you have won a prize from the sponsor in the last 12 month. This Giveaway is valid in the United States Only and Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 9/10/17. The winner will have 48 hours to email their information back to mcushing7 at hotmail dot com or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contests are responsible for prize fulfillment. If you would like to be a sponsor in a giveaway like this please email Melissa Cushing at mcushing7 (at)hotmail (dot) com. If you take an entry you must stay following for the entire contest or you will be disqualified.

Also we all “love it if you like us” on Facebook! If you like our blogs on social media it helps us bring you only the best giveaways and more of them!

Enter below and Good Luck!




Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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Don't Turn Around It's 7th And 5th Grades With Magical Honest 4Ms #Music

It's back to school. I already miss my children being off and away for so long. My daughter is excited about school and my son is committed to learning well.

I see that I have a 5th grader and a 7th grader. That is insane! They are both in the same school now, so that has released some of the stress of rushing out in the mornings to get to two different schools. Thank God!

And because my son has braces, I am making lunches again for both kids. I'm trying not to be overwhelmed with it all.
I tend to make amazing lunches, which means very healthy and getting it all together can be stressful, which is why I stopped doing it a few years ago.


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My sweet loves:

Don't turn around babies:



And your theme is:

August 14th- tunes with male names.


Do you or someone you know suffer from KIDNEY STONES? Allan Sheff suffered from these several times in the hospital and heavy pain killers to help him pass them. Not a single stone in over a year - thank you PLEXUS!!
🎯 Plexus can absolutely help, and here's why:
✔️ 80% of kidney stones are calcium build up -- that your body didn't process. You need magnesium to process calcium, so Biocleanse is perfect! Another thing you need to fight kidney stone tendency is a higher pH level -- a more alkaline environment. What raises pH level? Biocleanse to the rescue again.
✔️ Poor digestion contributes to kidney stones. Where does digestion happen? Your gut. You NEED ProBio5 to fix your gut!
✔️ Poor mineral absorption contributes to kidney stones. Where does absorption happen? Your gut. ProBio5 again, along with MegaX to nourish the healing and rebuilding of intestinal wall cells.
✔️Aloe is needed to reduce crystallization of minerals, and what supplement has aloe? XFactor! Aloe also increases absorption, which remember is crucial to fighting kidney stones.
✔️ B vitamins reduce calcium deposits. XFactor for the win again, along with Nerve -- full of methylated B vitamins.
✔️ Lowering inflammation is crucial in fighting kidney stones. Where does inflammation begin? Your gut. ProBio5 and Biocleanse for healing your gut, Slim, MegaX, and Ease for further reducing inflammation.
✔️ Antioxidants, vitamin E, getting rid of heavy metals, reducing sugar, and good thyroid healthare also important.
🎯 Ingredients in Slim contribute to gut health, balance sugar, support thyroid health, chelate heavy metals, and alpha lipoic acid in particular is a powerful antioxidant. MegaX and XFactor help with vitamin E absorption, and are both powerful antioxidants. Block, too, helps deal with sugar and supports thyroid health.
💥 ALL the Plexus supplements have so many components to them that can help fight kidney stones!!!

#60daymoneybackguarantee #pinkdrink #plexusworks  #thenewslim

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Welcome to today's music.  Five years and going strong!  I hope Monday find you with a smile and music to begin your week with light steps. 
I'm always coming to visit everyone on the linky so don't worry if I'm a bit late! 

CONGRATULATIONS to this week's spotlight dancer
Our “SPOTLIGHT DANCER” gets the PRIVILEGE of picking the THEME for the following week that we have a theme.  EVERY OTHER WEEK we have a FREEBIE!

Don't forget to visit the spotlight dancer in the #1 spot. Soon it might be your turn.  And also Sign Our 4M's Social Network Help Linky!
Thank you for visiting and I'll visit you soon! 

Hosts: 
Marie @XmasDolly
Cohost:
Colette @JamericanSpice

Honorary Co-host: 
Steps:
1. Visit YouTube (or other) and get your music for the theme of the week
2. Grab our "Monday's Music Moves Me" button (above) 
3. Add your post to the linky - follow the hosts and grab our buttons. Leave a note so we can follow you back
4. Visit each other and leave a comment or whatever you want to do to let them know you were there. See if they have the same music style as you. Enjoy the music! 
Aloha

Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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8/6/17

King Of The World #Music - Mom - Communion - Finances - #4Ms

The visit with my mom went well between us. I think she learned quite a bit about my struggles. She didn't say anything about it, perhaps I wished she did, but since this is the second time and she has said nothing, I figured she probably won't and I should not expect this of her.  I am certain she has her own fears. And despite being my mother, why should she have to defend her adult daughter.

And we should wait for the Lord to fight for us.

Things are rough financially, but by God, my husband still has a job and a family friend that has offered help that covers some things. I guess the future will tell how things will turn out.

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Today Sunday is my children's first communion with me. Since they've been baptized in May of this year, it has never occurred to me to have them do communion, however even before they were baptized and choose Jesus as their savior, I used to take them into big church so they could see and learn and ask questions about communion, tithes, and offering.

Yesterday it was laid on my spirit to have them do communion. So we talked about it and since they understood what it was about, they were able to celebrate with me today during worship. Such a wonderful thing to experience with our family.

I desire your prayers dear ones.

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Y'all will remember our music anniversary giveaways for Monday's Music Moves Me. Our winners were announced. Thanks, y'all for hanging with us and playing with us during this fun time. We really value your input and sharing.

Winners: 
1st Place Winner: Michelle Castagne - prize sent & rec'd. 2nd Place Winner: Vicki Couturier - pending 3rd Place Winner: Cindy Barr - pending



King Of The World
I try to fit You in the walls inside my mind
I try to keep You safely in between the lines
I try to put You in the box that I've designed
I try to pull You down so we are eye to eye

(chorus)
When did I forget that You've always been the King of the world?
I try to take life back right out of the hands of the King of the world
How could I make You so small?
When You're the one who holds it all
When did I forget that You've always been the King of the world?

Just a whisper of Your voice can tame the seas
So who am I to try to take the lead?
Still I run ahead and think I'm strong enough
When You're the one who made me from the dust

(chorus)
When did I forget that You've always been the King of the world?
I try to take life back right out of the hands of the King of the world
How could I make You so small?
When You're the one who holds it all
When did I forget that You've always been the King of the world?


Do you or someone you know suffer from KIDNEY STONES? Allan Sheff suffered from these several times in the hospital and heavy pain killers to help him pass them. Not a single stone in over a year - thank you PLEXUS!!
🎯 Plexus can absolutely help, and here's why:
✔️ 80% of kidney stones are calcium build up -- that your body didn't process. You need magnesium to process calcium, so Biocleanse is perfect! Another thing you need to fight kidney stone tendency is a higher pH level -- a more alkaline environment. What raises pH level? Biocleanse to the rescue again.
✔️ Poor digestion contributes to kidney stones. Where does digestion happen? Your gut. You NEED ProBio5 to fix your gut!
✔️ Poor mineral absorption contributes to kidney stones. Where does absorption happen? Your gut. ProBio5 again, along with MegaX to nourish the healing and rebuilding of intestinal wall cells.
✔️Aloe is needed to reduce crystallization of minerals, and what supplement has aloe? XFactor! Aloe also increases absorption, which remember is crucial to fighting kidney stones.
✔️ B vitamins reduce calcium deposits. XFactor for the win again, along with Nerve -- full of methylated B vitamins.
✔️ Lowering inflammation is crucial in fighting kidney stones. Where does inflammation begin? Your gut. ProBio5 and Biocleanse for healing your gut, Slim, MegaX, and Ease for further reducing inflammation.
✔️ Antioxidants, vitamin E, getting rid of heavy metals, reducing sugar, and good thyroid health are also important.
🎯 Ingredients in Slim contribute to gut health, balance sugar, support thyroid health, chelate heavy metals, and alpha lipoic acid in particular is a powerful antioxidant. MegaX and XFactor help with vitamin E absorption, and are both powerful antioxidants. Block, too, helps deal with sugar and supports thyroid health.
💥 ALL the Plexus supplements have so many components to them that can help fight kidney stones!!!

#60daymoneybackguarantee #pinkdrink #plexusworks  #thenewslim

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Welcome to today's music.  Five years and going strong!  I hope Monday find you with a smile and music to begin your week with light steps. 
I'm always coming to visit everyone on the linky so don't worry if I'm a bit late! 

CONGRATULATIONS to this week's spotlight dancer
Our “SPOTLIGHT DANCER” gets the PRIVILEGE of picking the THEME for the following week that we have a theme.  EVERY OTHER WEEK we have a FREEBIE!

Don't forget to visit the spotlight dancer in the #1 spot. Soon it might be your turn.  And also Sign Our 4M's Social Network Help Linky!
Thank you for visiting and I'll visit you soon! 

Hosts: 
Marie @XmasDolly
Cohost:
Colette @JamericanSpice
Cathy - Curious as a Cathy

Honorary Co-host: 
Steps:
1. Visit YouTube (or other) and get your music for the theme of the week
2. Grab our "Monday's Music Moves Me" button (above) 
3. Add your post to the linky - follow the hosts and grab our buttons. Leave a note so we can follow you back
4. Visit each other and leave a comment or whatever you want to do to let them know you were there. See if they have the same music style as you. Enjoy the music! 

Aloha

Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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