Category - Dad

Glimpsing God

Glimpsing God CoverAfter having so many friends dealing with hardships, reading about acquaintances or friends of friends tragedies on Facebook, for me, it’s been very integral in making me thankful for everything that I’ve been blessed with. Yes, there are moments we all want to complain, we want sympathy when we’ve had a long day with the kids or the car breaks down, or things just don’t go our way, and that’s okay, but in the end we are blessed and the book, “Glimpsing God; Snapshots from one family’s enduring faith through unbelievable trials.”  Rachel Alkire’s amazing true story reminder of why we should be thankful for what we have and her family’s personal journey with faith and tragedy.

As Chapter 1 begins there’s no real shadow of what’s to come in the following chapters however Rachel’s faith is presented. I love how she speaks about God being more than rituals and ceremonies and how we’re always looking for the God that fits our “rules”. If anything, throughout this book she shows how the God we are looking for is there for us but in His way, not always the way we are hoping for. Read More

MommyB’s Q-Vids Week #3

Thanks everyone for your responses to last week’s question: “What is one piece of advice you’d give to new or expecting parents.” I loved all the great comments, and know that my soon-to-be parents will too. My favorites were from Andrea and Tina.

Andrea says a lot to the effect that no matter how much you prepare you just don’t know how things will go, and I love her advice to “Take each day as it comes, accept all the help that is offered to you and don’t sweat the small stuff!”

And I loved Tina’s comment because she talks about the fact that our children just know that we’re doing the best, not that we didn’t use a wipes warmer or swaddle them just right. “When I couldn’t figure out what it was he wanted, he wasn’t thinking to himself, ““Sheesh, can I get a refund?”” No, the most important thing was that he knew he was loved and that his mama was trying her hardest to give him exactly what he needed. That love permeated through him and because of that, there was no way I could fail him.”

This week’s question is a little more intrusive and I hope that encourages more people to participate, I can’t wait to read what you have to say, so here goes…..

Free Free Free

Type A StuffDid I get your attention? If so, then maybe you’re like me, I’ll admit it, I like to get free stuff. (Like all the goodies in the photo to the right from the Type-A Blogger Conference this past year.) I grew up not having a lot, but in some ways I’m glad that we didn’t have lots of money because I gained character from having to work hard for the things I wanted. I think growing up with little money made me appreciate my belongings more, which again brings me to the FREE stuff. It’s always nice to hear those four letters together: F-R-E-E. My mom’s the same way, {come on mom, admit it} and if you’re like us you can’t resist at least finding out the details, I know my head turns when I hear, “Freebie” even if it’s something I don’t want or need, and that’s where the problem lies.

Do you ever have a hard time saying, “no” to handouts or feel bad for turning down a freebie offer? Do you ever say yes just to end up throwing the free away when you get home or piling it up where you keep all of your “junk”? If you answered, “yes” to any of the above here are a few things to keep in mind as you walk past those offers, get those tempting emails, or you…just….can’t….resist….

Tip #1. Ask yourself, “Is this something I will use right away or in the next few months” and if not don’t even bother picking it up.

Tip #2. Think about who will use the freebie, how it will be used, and how much space it would take up in your home if it is not used.

Tip #3. Consider if you have any of the same item already at home, who needs 50 sponges under their kitchen sink??

Tip #4. Leave the best of intentions at just that. If you’re the kind of person who gets free things thinking it’ll be great for Aunt Bertha, just don’t do it, you know you’ll never give it to her and it’ll end up collecting dust.

Tip #5. Remember you were just fine in life without the free item and you’ll still be fine if you don’t get it.

Do you like getting freebies? What’s the “best” freebie you’ve ever gotten? Where do you store your unused freebies??

MommyB’s Q-Vids Intro

MommyB's Q-Vids Okay y’all (as they say so quaintly down here in the South,) I’d like to introduce you to one of my newest blog features since my redesign….MommyB’s Q-Vids!! Hooray, I’m super excited! Since this is the first ever Q-Vid I’ll tell you a little bit about them and then you can grab your favorite movie snack and watch the short snippet of me, MommyB.

~I had been interested in trying my hand at “vlogging” aka video blogging for a little while and one of my great readers, Jenell emailed me with a suggestion to ask you, my readers, questions about life, the hard stuff, and things that would get people thinking. So, I decided that instead of traditionally writing a post I would create a segment where I ask you the question, it’s a little more personal that way too, don’t you think? Thus was born: MommyB’s Q-Vids.

So each week (please don’t hold me to this) or so, I will be hopping on here with my blue-eyed self to ask you a question, it will be a random question, (I’d love suggestions if you’d like to comment or email me,) in hopes that you will take a moment to leave a comment in the form below the post.

So check out this week’s question:

I’m really excited to hear what you have to say, and again, don’t forget I’ll be featuring a couple of my favorite answers from you next week, so make sure you comment away and share with your friends too! Thanks again for being great, and loyal readers!! I’m so blessed!

Thanks Dad Review and Giveaway {CLOSED}

thanks dadWith Father’s Day just around the corner, I’ve been looking for some gift alternatives to the usual suspects…you know, the tie, cuff links, macaroni anything. Past years we’ve gotten Daddy B, a trip to a theme park, (in case you don’t know he’s a roller coaster superstar see thecoastercritic.com), a hand-painted shirt with Miss A’s handprints, handmade cards, and sort of a Wii 😉

Nonetheless, we try to make each year special with at least one homemade element, and this year will not be any different. I did however find these amazing shirts that I just fell in love with. They’re like a Father’s Day card for years that daddy can wear all around to show his fatherly pride.

If you’re in my shoes Thanks Dad has some great inspired apparel for the Dad you’re celebrating. Read More

Jovan Satisfaction Spotlight and Giveaway {CLOSED}

Jovan Satisfaction Review and Giveaway

Okay so the slogan (and online commercials) may be a little goofy: “Improve your love life 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed or your money back.” But Jovan really is standing behind their new product line, Jovan Satisfaction for men and for women. If you really aren’t happy with their scent you can send it back and receive a full refund.

Can you believe that Jovan Satisfaction is the first fragrance from Jovan in over a decade? I still remember my mom’s signature scent was Jovan Musk, honestly I think it still may be her favorite. Until she tries this one! Jovan Satisfaction is guaranteed to make a lasting impression. Read More

Prank Box Review

Prank Pack Review LogoWith a number of spring birthdays to celebrate, what better idea than a creative box to give it in. Prank Pack’s Genuine Fake Gift Boxes are a fun and light-hearted way to gift give. They will make any gift receiver scratch their head and give a half-hearted thank-you.

Prank Pack offers several different “styles” of boxes including: Coffee Talkies – The Original Travel Mug/ 2-way Radio, Beer Beard – Secret Beverage Dispenser, BirdieBelt – Rangefinder/Belt/Buckle, Noggin Net – Wearable Fishing Net, Wake and Bake Dream Griddle – Alarm Clock and the box I got a chance to test out: Motorized Rolling Pin. Read More

Palm Pre Plus Review

Palm Pre Plus Review

I would not call myself a technological guru nor would I call myself technologically ignorant. I guess being a blogging stay-at-home, social networking mommy makes me a little bit in between.

When it comes to the basics of setting up electronics I’m sure I could read manuals and figure it all out, but typically leave it up to my husband who’s more suited in that realm of things. But learning my way around the Palm Pre Plus was pretty easy all things considered.

As I took the Palm Pre Plus out of the Verizon box I was immediately impressed by the size and shape of the Smartphone. It was very sleek, yet not too good looking to be functional. Read More