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We have all know that this man is a world-renowned producer, director, actor, screenwriter, playwright, author, songwriter, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. What I wasn’t aware of is the fact that his life led him to a higher calling of faith and that his faith was what drove Tyler Perry to strive for excellence in his life.
In his new book, Higher is Waiting, he shares stories of his tragic childhood in New Orleans and heartfelt stories of the people along his path in life that created his faith, built his hope ans developed his faith in a higher power. He turned those unfortunate circumstances into a life that was also blessed enough to give back to others.
Since 2006, The Perry Foundation’s aim has been to transform tragedy into triumph by empowering the economically disadvantaged to achieve a better quality of life. They focus on health and clean water, education and technology, arts and culture, and globally-sustainable economic development.
Personally, I find that all amazing! In a time when so any people use their poor circumstances to give them an excuse to fail in life, a few use their inner strength to pull themselves up and reach for better. Then, a few of those turn around and give a hand to help someone else take a step up and out from where they don’t want to be.
I will never look at Madea the same way again.
Seriously, I have met some amazing people in my writing career — Montel Williams my favorite interview so far. The energy coming off of him as we talked, the motivation that poured off of him? Wow!
Tyler Perry is a man that I would love to have a visit with – maybe just a chat over a cup of coffee. I think he would be in the same league as Montel and an incredible conversational experience.
I enjoyed his book and am delighted to share the fact that I can give one away – it’s an incredibly uplifting and motivational treasure.
What kid doesn’t like hearing their voice amplified? My little divas certainly do (though they rarely need it)! Somehow my husband and I created two tiny little Broadway stars hiding out as middle class children in suburban Wisconsin. MicGuy arrived at our house and gave them the outlet they have been searching for!
MicGuy is the perfect microphone for kids. It is sized and shaped perfectly to fit little hands and the wide base stands up easily when placed on a table. There are several different settings on MicGuy that make him light up when he is used. Both my girls LOVED the lights as it made for an interesting show singing “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana (over and over again) in our darkened bathroom!
My kids favorite feature is the echo effect. Once again with several settings your child can add an echo effect to their voice…many giggles from the darkened bathroom with MicGuy lighting up and my girls pretending to be ghosts with echoing voices. MicGuy’s googly eyes crack me up. When a 4 year old says (with echo turned all the way up), “Luke, I am your father…” MicGuy’s amused look contributed to my laughing fit.
Mic Guy is a blue tooth speaker that works with your phone or mp3 player to play whatever your kids are into and sing along. All that is needed to use MicGuy is to pair it up with your device and you are ready to play whatever you choose in under a minute. You can play tracks without lyrics and use MicGuy for karaoke. The best part is, after your girls have spent the entire evening belting out one song after another from the Moana soundtrack, when you put the kids to bed you can use MicGuy as a speaker and play something nice and mellow to soothe your beleaguered parental ears!
My girls love MicGuy. It has become a much-used toy in our house. MicGuy is the perfect gift for the budding singer in your home!
disclaimer: we were compensated for this post but all thoughts are entirely our own.
Join Bloggin Mamas as we host the Feeling Buddies #FB4F Twitter Party on October 17th, 2017 at 9pm EST/ 6pm PST! We’ll be chatting with Fran Rubio-Katz, a Certified Conscious Discipline® Instructor. Plus, there’s a chance to win prizes too!
Date: Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
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Sophie’s Super Splendid Box of Books
The Sophie series is an essential introduction to Conscious Discipline for youngsters age 0-5. This unique set of books is designed to build character through conflict for children by using relatable, delightful stories while also modeling the use of Conscious Discipline for adults.
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One (1) prize pack, including one (1) Sophie’s Super Splendid Box of Books. Total approximate retail value (“ARV”) $45, to be awarded to one (1) winner.
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It was a long two weeks, but I (thank God) turned out to be just fine.
Do you have a knack for crafts? Whether you make jewelry, knit scarves, crochet mermaid blankets, create Christmas ornament, or design your own wreathes, you may be wondering how you can earn money from your talent.
Here are some ideas on how to make money from home with crafts:
- Start an Etsy store. An Etsy store is a great way to reach a wide audience. The website will keep a small percentage of your sales, but the money can really add up if you have a good product!
- Start your own website. It may be more difficult to sell your products from your own website than Etsy, but you can use social media marketing to get the word out about your products.
- Take your products to a craft sale, flea market or county fair. Get your own table and sell your crafts! Be sure to include a business card with your website link or Etsy store so that you can easily get repeat customers.
These are just some ideas on how to make money from home with crafts but there are many more. No matter what craft it is that you produce, there’s a way that you can make money from it!
I had the pleasure of meeting with Michelle Liu at the trade show with VitaClay. Michelle shared with me that the purpose of coming up with the idea of clay was to insure healthier eating. The VitaClay 7900-8 is a multi-cooker, rice cooker, steamer, slower cooker, and yogurt maker.
2 parts I was sold on before I was able to use the multi-cooker was first no lead, no aluminum, and no non-stick chemicals. Back in 2008 reports came out that slow cookers contained lead, which is not good for children or adults. Second was that the clay insert preservers’ important nutrients, enzymes, and vitamins. These are all key to a healthier living and lifestyle change. Up to 4 times faster than conventional slow cookers, whole meals are ready in under 45minutes. It’s programmable from 10 minutes to 5 hours cooking time with 10 minutes increments. The multi-cooker has 7 function settings include white rice (Quinoa), brown rice (wholegrain, or wild rice), sweet rice, reheat, stew, soup, and yogurt. This product comes with a booklet that contains 32 recipes to get you started. It will save you money in the long run making meals at home instead of running to fast food restaurant because of time.
I received the VitaClay VM7900-8 Smart Organic Multi-Cooker/Rice Cooker, Brushed Stainless Steel and Black. Has an 8 cup / 4.2 quart capacity with a clay insert. When looking over the machine it seems well built, strong, and steady.
I was hungry one day for tacos and I had a pork roast in the fridge. So I decided to make pulled pork tacos for dinner in the VitaClay. I did my Mise beforehand and seared the roast before I added it to the marinade. I then added the ingredients to the clay insert, set the timer for 2.5 hours and waited to hear the beep. In the meantime the house is smelling amazing. I wish we could stick a GoPro camera inside to see it work its magic. Timer went off, pulled the meat to let rest. Then shredded it with a fork and let me tell you it came right apart. Added the pork back to the Chile Verde sauce and then made up some tacos for the family.
While eating tacos, I was enjoying the flavor the pork had from cooking in the clay insert. It was a huge hit in our house and have made the same pork tacos now 5 times in the VitaClay. I see the VitaClay becoming a staple in our home. This one appliance will replace 3-4 appliances and free up cabinet or counter space. One recommendation is to let the clay insert cool before washing and handle with care. It’s a perfect fit for families, and college students who want to cook yet not spend the time over the stove. It’s also a great fit for that person who’s looking for a healthier way to eat there food. It will free up time so you can do something else while the meal cooks. I am looking forward to making yogurt in the multi-cooker.
disclosure: while I was compensated for this post, all thoughts are entirely my own
I was so lucky to meet with Rita from FlatBox. Rita’s passion for FlatBox made me fall in love with the idea right away. Rita shared where the idea came from. Rita was tired of looking at dirty lunch boxes at home and school sense Rita is a school teacher also. Is there a way to create a cleaner place for children to eat their lunch? So FlatBox was created and please allow me to tell you all about this wonderful amazing product.
The idea behind FlatBox is that child can eat their lunch where ever and always have a clean place to eat. The patented design allows the FlatBox to easily convert to a placemat providing a clean surface with each use. That is amazing, not having to worry if my child is eating on a clean or dirty surface. FlatBox also has triple layer of insulation. 3mm neoprene on the outside, 2mm on the inside and an additional layer of insulation ensures that everything in the FlatBox stays cold for long hours.
My daughter has FlatBox Drink X which also you to carry a juice on the side of the box. Its placemat size is 20×20. They also have a 17×17 placemat and a 15×15 snack size. My daughter has taken lunch to school and says lunch is still cold when she sits down for lunch. Got to love tripe layers of insulation. Kids at my daughter’s school get jealous because of the awesome FlatBox she uses every day. My daughter has also stated that teachers have asked her about her cool looking FlatBox. I love the many color design options FlatBox has for boys and girls of all ages. I can also see FlatBox joining us this summer on camp outings, hiking adventures, and anything we need to pack a lunch.
If you have asked yourself how does it offer a clean place to eat every time, here is the answer? My favorite part of FlatBox is that its machine washable. Say what you can wash it, yes you can throw FlatBox in to the washing machine.
Most conventional lunch boxes are not machine washable. Food often gets stuck in corners and crevices, and it’s literally impossible to clean. If the inside is vinyl any cut in the material will allow moisture and food to seep in and provide the perfect environment for mold and bacteria to grow. Keeping the FlatBox clean is easy. It is made from durable neoprene. Just toss it in the washing machine and hang dry overnight and you have a clean lunchbox every day. Just love being able to wash it after each use because you never know what it’s come into contact with.
FlatBox now offers a 4 pack of ice packs in 4 different fun colors. My daughter loves to either color code them with her lunch or have a mixed mash day. The ice packs ensure the lunch or snack will be cold when we eat.
I can’t wait to share this product with the school district because I believe every child should have a FlatBox. I am a full supporter of FlatBox and love the concept ideas behind it. Love the idea was created to offer a child a clean place to eat every lunch time or outing. Love love the idea it’s washable and holds up to multiple washes. I can’t say enough about this product.
disclaimer: While I was compensated for this post, all thoughts are entirely my own. Just try to get the FlatBox away from my daughter…
You may think, “I’m kind to my spouse every day. I clean the house. Dinner is on the table every night. The kids are taken care of.” However, these daily chores can become a given, and spouses can feel taken for granted.
Surprising your spouse at times can be rewarding and fulfilling for both of you. And it may inspire your spouse to do something kind and unexpected for you. An unexpected act of kindness can go a long way to boost every one’s day.
1. Surprise your spouse with their favorite dinner and dessert, or pick up their favorite take out.
2. Has your spouse talked about something they really want to do or somewhere they want to go but hasn’t made plans for yet? Make the arrangements and take them on a surprise trip. Present them with tickets or plans “just because.”
3. Is there a chore or project they haven’t gotten around to yet because they haven’t had the time? Is it something that you could take care of for them? Show them you care by taking care of it for them and easing their burden.
4. Leave unexpected notes of love and encouragement hidden for them to find. Put them in their briefcase, lunch bag, bathroom mirror or in their favorite book. We often take our loved ones for granted and don’t always tell them how much they mean to us. Show your love and appreciation with a little note of love.
5. Does your spouse pack their own lunch or make their coffee in the morning? Why not surprise them by making it for them? Pack something you know they’ll enjoy or make their coffee extra special. Don’t forget to add a little love note to the lunch bag!
6. Give your spouse a massage. Long days, especially if they’re on their feet for hours, can be tiring. There is nothing quite as wonderful as a foot rub at the end of a long day when your feet are aching. Fix your spouse a foot soak with Epsom salts and give them a nice foot massage to help them relax before bed. They’ll sleep great and wake refreshed and energized in the morning!
7. What are some of the things you used to do when you were dating? If your spouse appreciates some romance, show them you still have it in you. Make a playlist or burn a CD of their favorite love songs, send flowers, write them a love letter.
There are so many options to show your spouse that you care, and each one will make them feel loved and appreciated for all they do for you and your family. Give your spouse a little unexpected surprise today!