Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thankful Thursday


Happy Thankful Thursday YUMMs!  This week has been kind of long.  JJ broke in these mystery hives on Tuesday and they still haven't gone away despite getting a HUGE tube of steroid cream from the pediatrician.  When I say he's covered head to toe, I mean head to toe.  And I'm completely clueless as to what could have caused this.  

My suspicion is that it's all of this carpet.  And the pediatrician and the Mr seem to agree that his system is maxed out with dealing with the allergens that carpet can bring.  Apartments don't really invest a ton of money into allergen-free carpet because it just wouldn't be practical for them in the long run.  So, we're going to be experimenting with a few different creams and liquid steroids to see if he and Moo can get some relief because last week she was covered in hives.  And last night was rough with JJ waking up on and off due to being incrediblly itchy, and not the mention, hives can have a mild burning sensation.

So, he was very uncomfortable.  I had to wait before I could give him another dose of Benadryl and ended up having to freeze the apartment so that the cool air would soothe his skin.  I went to bed after 4 AM only to have to get up 3 hours later to take Moo to school.  Yea, this mommy has been running off of maybe three hours of sleep.

However, the bright side of this is that we haven't had to make any trips to the hospital!  I'm so grateful for that because my kids have hospital and doctor files thicker than some criminals' wrap sheets.  Being a mom to two kids with severe allergies and one of them having ASD is hard.  But I thank God everyday for them because they're teaching me so much and making me grateful for a lot.

I'm giving thanks this week for my loving husband and how his takes up time with the kids.  One of the moms from one of my Facebook groups posted that she can barely get her husband to spend ten minutes with their kids because he doesn't think that's his responsibility.  All I can say on that is, THANK GOD he's not my husband because I'd probably show him the door on the real.  That post reminded me that you just never know what people are going through at home and within their marriages.  My heart goes out to her that her husband doesn't give her break or think he should help out with the kids.

I'm thankful that my baby sister is going back to college to finish up her culinary degree.  She had a few setbacks, but she's back on track and will be joining us here in the Queen City!  I can't wait for her to move here and we can hang out during her non-class hours.  Plus, she'll be here getting to hang out with kids and making more memories with them.  Like I'm jumping up and down inside for her because cooking is her passion and she's GREAT at it.

A lot has been going on with my family that I can't get into too much detail about on the blog, but I'm giving thanks that the dust is finally clearing.  God is opening up some doors for those who needed them open and giving tough love to those who it needed it as well.  I would certainly appreciate it if y'all would keep them in prayer.

This week we found out that Moo's teacher is leaving and it's bittersweet.  Moo loves her and was not a happy camper.  I'm not thrilled either because I feel like her teacher and I just bonded and got on solid ground.  Now, I have to start over trusting someone else with child.  The good side of this is that Moo's new classroom will be with her music teacher and we've met in passing.  The downside is that if they fill her teacher's position before the end of the school year, she'll be moved a second time.

That's two too many moves for this mommy.  Therefore, I'm requesting that Moo stays permanently in her music teacher's class.  I don't want anything affecting her learning like trying adapt to a stranger over halfway through the school year.  We'll see what happens.  Either way, they'll continue to see my face out there on daily basis.

Which brings to the next thing that I'm grateful for- the opportunity to volunteer at Moo's school.  I can't stress how important it is for parents to volunteer at their child's school at least once.  If possible walk your child to class.  I made a promise to Moo to walk her to class everyday for this entire school year unless an absolute emergency came up and I haven't failed yet.  Because of the staff knows me and they know that I'm passionate about my child's education.  Thus, I've been getting asked to volunteer out at the school often and have been enjoying being able to make a difference.

Lastly, I'm grateful that tomorrow is my birthday!!  Nothing special planned, but I will be turning up with about 15 kindergartners since I'll be making crafts with Moo's class and helping them enjoy their last day with their teacher.  I can't hardly believe I'm hitting the last year of my twenties.  I need to challenge myself to do something major during this 29th year.

What are you thankful for this week?




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Monday, December 15, 2014

Holiday Shopping With BJ's Wholesale Club: My Ultimate Shopping List For Rocking Holiday Parties & Dinner

Disclosure:  This post is sponsored by BJ's Wholesale Club.  I attended a Holiday Preview Event where I either saw and/or got to try out the items listed in this post.  All opinions are 100% my own and do not necessarily represent those of the company.




Growing up my mom always executed the best holiday parties and dinners for Christmas and New Year's.  I don't know how she did because money was always tight.  However, almost every year she'd sit us older girls down and we'd plan out everything from the menu to decor and gifts.  Myself and some of my favorite Queen City bloggers got together to attend the BJ's Holiday Preview Event earlier this  month at our local BJ's Wholesale Club.

I had blast getting to know more about BJ's Wholesale Club, checking out all of their holiday goodies, and sampling some good eats.  I even got in a little shopping.  Attending this event definitely made me think of my mom's holiday parties, how much they rocked and that maybe it's time I start hosting a few of my own.  Therefore, I put together this ultimate shopping list of some of my favorite foods, decor and gifts/favors that I saw and tried at BJ's.  Having seen their prices first hand, I feel confident saying that I'll be getting the most bang for my buck.




What better place to start planning than with the food.  And let me tell y'all, BJ's has one of the best selections in terms of food.  Meats, cheeses, fresh produce and more.  They were kind enough to put together a little luncheon/taste testing for us and it did not disappoint!  Also, I should mention that BJ's does accept Apple Pay, EBT and manufacturer coupons!  So, let's dig into this list.



Lobster Crostini by Cheating Gourmet-  New to BJ's this yummy appetizer is made with premium Maine Lobster meat blended with a creamy cheddar cheese spread over a nice toasted French baguette.  I was in lobster heaven.  Since, JJ has a shellfish allergy, it had been well over a year since I'd had any.  You won't regret putting this item on your menu and neither will your guests.

J. Scott Bacon Wrapped Tenderloin-  Bite size beef tenderloin sprinkled with steak seasoning and wrapped in a smoked hickory bacon?  Yes, I don't mind if I do.  These were so flavorful!  Not that I was expecting anything less because bacon makes anything taste good, but the steak seasoning really took it up a notch.   




Fresh Express Organic Produce-  You guys already know that we are a Fresh Express household.  However, I was delighted to see that BJ's not only has a great selection of their regular produce products, but their  organic produce as well!  With that said, definitely stock up on the Baby Spinach, which could be used to make spinach dip or sauted to use as a side.  Their Spring Mix salad is great and you can spruce it up by adding walnuts, dried cranberries and your favorite balsamic dressing to make it more festive.



Wellsley Farms Mini Pastry Platter and Assorted Cake Platter- The Mini Pastry platters include ready to serve Old World pastry treats that offer sweet flavors of tangy fruit, chocolate, mint, toffee and more.  If you're like me and my little brother, then no Christmas dinner or party is complete without a cake platter, especially one that includes cheese cake and carrot cake.  And oh delicious the Wellsley Farms carrot cake was!  I may or may not be getting one for my birthday this Friday.

Wellsley Farms Prepared Foods-  Not good at cooking from scratch?  No worries because BJ's has you covered with a great selection of prepared foods from Wellsley Farms.  From macaroni and cheese to chicken breasts stuffed with asparagus and wrapped in bacon, your guests won't go hungry.  All you have to do is follow the heating/baking instructions on the packaging.  The kiddies and I had the chicken breasts and they were delicious.  I think I'm going to take a break from cooking from scratch at least once a week now.


Now that we have the menu nailed down, let's move on down the list to decor.  I learned from my mom that decor is important because it will keep guests occupied before and after the eats have been served.  How?  Haven't you ever walked into room decorated so beautifully that you got lost trying to take in everything?  And don't don't forget table, it's like a one big centerpiece for your dining room.


Gemmy 10' Animated Lightsync Airblown Frosty-  This BJ's exclusive outdoor decoration is the perfect way to show your guests (and neighbors) that you've embraced the holiday spirit.  Frosty inflates in seconds and will definitely be a showstopper.  Down here in the Carolinas, we love big inflatable decor.

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Holiday Decor Accent Rug-  If you're looking a more inexpensive way to add a little touch of outdoor holiday decor, check out BJ's exclusive selection of holiday accent rugs.  They're under $20, adorable and functional!  How cute is that Rudolph one above?

Christmas Tree- Whether you want an indoor or outdoor tree, you will have a wide selection to choose from at BJ's.  There were pre-lit trees, short trees, and plain trees.  The Sylvania Pre-lit Frasier Fur was my favorite! (Available online)

I hide to hang this up high out of the reach of little fingers.

CEMOI Chocolate Tree Decorations- After you've picked out your tree, be sure to pick up some of these festive and edible chocolate decorations to hang on it.  It'll be like a special treat for your guests.

We had a beautiful tablescape for the luncheon part of our visit.  Be sure to watch the brief video clip below.  Be prepared to see some of the realest looking disposable china and silverware that I have seen in years.

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Looked real didn't it?  Besides the realist look of the plates and utensils, I loved how simple, but festive the overall place setting was.  Want to duplicate this look?  The products are listed below.

TrendWare Metallic Plastic Utensils-  The shiny on finish on these will definitely have your guests thinking you ran out to pick up an extra set of real silverware.  They're very sturdy and not flimsy like other brands I've tried.

TrendWare Plastic Dessert and Dinner Plates-  Again TrendWare scores a home run because we all thought that the china was real.  The details on these plates were flawless.  Although, these are not microwave- or dishwasher- safe, you certainly don't have to worry about your dinner meeting the floor or your lap.  These are very sturdy and will allow you and your guests to move around with your plates in hand without fear of your plate caving in if you're throwing a less formal shindig. 

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Living Home Christmas Handmade Gift Tags- That cute name card on the napkins is actually a gift tag!  Super cute, right?!  Just slip your folded napkin through the string, write your guests name on the back and you're done.  These are also exclusive to BJ's Wholesale Club.  (Available online)

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Living Home Set of 2 Porcelain Platters- Exclusive to BJ's, these serving platters are both dishwasher- and microwave- safe.  They also have side handles for easy lifting.  You get one large and one medium platter. The large is perfect for your meat (turkey, ham, etc) and the medium is great for holding your desserts or sides (remember that baby spinach?).  (Available online)



Of course, a holiday party or dinner isn't complete without gifts/favors for your guests.  With over 7,500 in each wholesale club, BJ's is guaranteed to have a little something for everyone and for every budget.



Sugar Grove Tapered Nut Tower- Who wouldn't love milk and dark chocolate covered almonds, peanuts, macadamias and cashews?  This tower is exclusive to BJ's and comes pre-wrapped.



Ghirardelli Mug Gift Set (4 count)- One can never have enough mugs.  This is especially true when  said mugs come stuffed with Ghirardelli cocoa and chocolate, Walkers cookies and a peppermint stick.  You can break this set up into four individual gifts or wrap and give as one gift.  The best part is that these are gender neutral.



Satina Cosmetic Brush Set with Case-  I actually received this set my secret santa, My Mommy Brain, the of the Holiday Preview Event and I love it!  It comes with a full-size and travel-size set.  Both have their own storage cases and could easily be broken into two different gifts/favors.  The perfect gift if you're throwing a party for your girlfriends. (Available online)

Lindor Party Favors (6 count)-  That gold box with the bells on it from the tablescape clip earlier we the Lindt Chocolate Lindor Party Favors.  Each box comes with four truffles and they literally melt in your mouth.  If you love rich flavors of chocolate and buttery caramel, then your guests will too.  You could either set these out on the dinner table as part of the decor or line them up on a table by the door to pass out as your guests head home.  

This gift is gender neutral and even a great favor for kids, but be sure to ask their parents if they're allowed to have candy first!  This set is exclusive to BJ's.



Gift Cards-  From Burger King to AMC and Spa Wellness, BJ's Wholesale Club has one of the best selections of gift cards.  I loved that some of these gift cards were sold in three-packs for example for $30 you could get a set of three gift cards and each card will have $10 on it.  Perfect for kids and teenagers as well as adults and your wallet.  Also, be sure to check out their Extreme Value gift cards.  (Available online)


And there you have it folks!  I do recommend that if you live near a BJ's that you go and check them out.  Membership starts at $50 and will pay for itself with all the savings you will rack up.  Also, you guys know that  I have talked a lot on here about giving back and BJ's does a great job of giving back to the community. 

They have grant program for nonprofits, sponsor schools and even participate in Toys for Tots.  Lastly, just a tip for all of my NC readers, if you are a state employee you can log into your SEANC account and get a BJ's Wholesale Club membership at a discounted price!  Be sure to visit them on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on all happenings.  Happy shopping and check out my recap video below and more pictures from trip here!






Do you host or attend holiday parties?  If so, what do you enjoy most about them?




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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Strawberry Shortcake Party Kit: Birthday Party Decorating Made Easy

Disclosure:  This post is sponsored by Birthday In A Box.  I did receive the products below to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own.



So, what do you do when your daughter decides she doesn't want a birthday on her sixth birthday, but you want her to have one anyway?  If you're me, you try to meet her somewhere in the middle and opt for having a small family gathering.  Once you've invited everyone at the last minute, you then start to panic about decor.   Birthday parties have to have decor, right?  This is where the lovely folks from Birthday In A Box come.  They have pretty much anything you could ever need or want to throw fabulous parties.


I'm talking balloons, plates, cups, pinatas, toys, etc.  The list goes on and on.  Birthday In A Box is truly your one stop shop online for all of your party decor needs.  They even themed merchandise, which was perfect because I wanted Moo's mini-birthday party to have a Strawberry Shortcake theme.  That was the theme we had originally talked about earlier this year before she decided that she didn't want a party.



Since, we were keeping things really small, I decided to order one of the smaller Strawberry Shortcake decoration kits.  Our kit came with:

1 Strawberry Shortcake Jumbo Letter Birthday Banner Kit
1 Strawberry Shortcake Table Decorating Kit
1 Strawberry Shortcake Swirl Decorations Value Pack
10 Lime Balloons
1 Red Curling Ribbon
1 Red Streamer Roll
1 Hot Pink Stars Confetti



By far the birthday banner and swirls were our favorite items.  The banner comes with numbers which makes it reusable for years and years to come.  Likewise, the swirls are reusable as well.  Once, you take them down, the metallic part will curl back up and you can place them back in the bag until you're ready to use them again.

If you're looking for girly party ideas (or boy party ideas), I would definitely recommend that you check out Birthday In A Box.  Their prices are reasonable. They have pretty much all of the cartoon/animated characters that your child would ever want. The decorations are of great quality.  I'm already excited to plan JJ's birthday party and order his decorations!


How do you decorate for your kids' birthday parties?

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Thankful Thursday


Happy Thankful Thursday YUMMs!  I'm so glad this week is coming to a close.  Stressful doesn't even begin to describe how this week has been going.  Yesterday, my head felt like it was going to explode at any moment.  However, bad times don't stop the show and I still have lots to be grateful for.

Over the weekend, Moo got into some food she wasn't suppose to have due to her allergies.  That led to her getting really sick, swelling up, breaking out in hives literally from her head to her toes and having a fever for three days straight.  It was nuts.  She had to miss her first day of school and that bummed me out because I was hoping she would have perfect attendance the entire school year. I'm thankful to report today that she is doing much better!

God is good and her hives are almost gone.  The swelling went away completely Wednesday and her fever finally broke late Monday night.  I thought for sure we'd have to spend a few days in the hospital, but thankfully we didn't.  Food allergies make it so rough around these parts sometimes.

JJ is like a talking machine now y'all.  I think it amazes him just how much he's progressed in his speech and he gets in this moods where he'll be really chatty for like hours.  Although, it's not fully sentences and some of it is still very much gibberish, he's trying and for that I give thanks.  That's leaps and bounds from where we were this time last year.

He's also being more affectionate and covers me kisses in random spurts.  On the flip side, he has been bumping heads with Moo a lot lately for some reason.  So, there has been lots of timeout and putting them in their separate spaces.  I'm pretty sure this phase will pass quickly because as soon as they're out of timeout, they hug and start playing together.  Those two have a bond like no other.

I finally found a craft project to do with Moo's class.  Thank goodness because I wanted to choose something that would be fun, but simple and not too messy.  So, we're making Santa Snow Globes using paper plates, sandwich bags, glitter and food coloring.  Can't wait.  And the best part is that I'll get to spend more of my birthday with Moo since that's when we'll be making these. 

JJ's tagging along and I hope he doesn't turn that classroom too upside down.  He's not destructive, but he likes to dig.  Whenever he sees drawers and cabinets, his curiosity gets the best of him.  I can't even be mad at him because he inherited that trait from me.  We're investigative people by nature.

I'm thankful that I will soon be living in a gated community!  Out apartment complex was recently acquired by a bigger management company and y'all they are pulling out the stops.  We have nice fence going up around the complex and will soon be receiving gate remotes and keys.  Today they trimmed all of the overhanging branches on the trees and planted new flowers.  I'm honestly thinking of sneaking some of the wood back to the apartment to use as kindling for the fireplace.

I've seen that a few apartments have already gotten new appliance deliveries.  I'm excited and grateful that for the few months we have left on our lease, we will get to enjoy these upgrades. I'm even more excited that I've found some reasonably priced houses and land lots in one of our dream neighborhoods.  

If we go the land lot route and build a home, we'll be in this apartment another year, but I won't mind because the neighborhood is great and I'm close to all of the malls.  They're all just a 30 minute drive away.  I almost wish we could move our dream schools closer and find a house in this area that's in our budget.  Anyways, this next few months is going to be all about keeping a stricter grip on our funds so that we can have a good down payment or be able to pay cash for the land lot depending on which route we take. 

I'm grateful for the blessings that God has worked out for certain members of my family.  There have been quite a few storms brewing behind the scenes, but we shall rise and come victorious as always.  I'm grateful for seasons of rain because they remind us to stay humble.  They remind me where my help and miracles come from.  They bring us closer.

I'm grateful that the Mr and I are coming up on our ten year anniversary of being a couple.  TEN years y'all.  That's almost unheard of with couples my age and his age.  Also, next year we'll celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary and I can't wait.  The vow renewal ceremony is back on and so is my planning hat.

Be prepared to see my Pinterest feed, the blog and my YUMMommy YouTube channel flooded with wedding stuff!  Lastly, I'm most thankful that I won a Facebook cover redesign from Kokoa Magazine!  I can't wait to unveil the finished product on Monday!!  Thanks again Kita!  And if you guys haven't checked out Kokoa Magazine, hop on over there and gets to reading.


What are you giving thanks for this week?



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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Prepping For The Holidays With Smile Brilliant

Disclosure:  This post is sponsored by Smile Brilliant.  I received a free professional tooth whitening tray creation kit.  However, all opinions expressed are 100% my own and do not necessarily reflect those of the brand.





They say a smile is worth a thousand words. With the Christmas and New Year holidays coming up soon, I want to make sure that my smile is extra bright!  Thanks to the awesome folks over at Smile Brilliant, I'll be prepping my "thousand words" smile for the holidays using their professional teeth whitening tray creation kit!  They reached out to me before Thanksgiving to ask if I'd be interested in reviewing their home whitening kit and I said yes.  I'm no stranger to teeth whitening, but I've never tried whitening my teeth using a custom made whitening tray.

The previous methods that I tried were whitening strips and whitening gels.  With the strips there was a lack of tooth coverage since the strips didn't stretch to the back teeth.  Using the gel, I had to hold my mouth in the widest and most uncomfortable position for upwards of 30 minutes.  Talk about my facing hurting.  So, I'm super excited to try this kit out.

Something new this around besides the trays, is that this will be my first time using the desensitizing gel.  I have sensitive teeth and have experienced mild discomfort using other whitening products.  I'm anxious to see how much of a difference in discomfort using this gel will bring me.  However, what really sold me on using this tooth whitening kit is that fact that Smile Brilliant has their very own registered dental hygienist.



She's familiar with their products and the ingredients that are in it as well as what the possible side affects are.  Also, she writes articles about all things related to tooth whitening on the Smile Brilliant blog.  Their blog is a great place to start if you have any questions on things like tooth sensitivity to whitening, enamel damage, and more.  

In the YouTube video below, I unbox my Tray Creation Kit and show you what products are included in each kit.  Be sure to check it out. 



I hope you enjoyed the video!  If you're interested in purchasing a Smile Brilliant kit to try out for yourself, use the coupon code MCCOY5 to get 5% off your order.  Don't forget to check them out Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  I can't wait to come back in a few weeks to show y'all my results.  Stay tuned!


How are you prepping for the holidays?  And have you ever tried tooth whitening before?



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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Thankful Thursday


Happy Thankful Thursday YUMMs!  Today has been a busy day for sure.  However, I'm not complaining.  It was busy in an awesome type of way.  I got to hang out with my favorite Queen City bloggers at the BJ's Wholesale Club Holiday Preview event.

I'm thankful that I was invited to this event because I never heard of BJ's until maybe like three or four years ago.   Needless, to say I had never been inside one either.  So, I didn't know what to expect, but let me tell y'all, I'm a fan now.  Yes, the prices are amazing and cheaper than what we currently pay at the regular grocery stores, but it was the staff that sold me.

When I say these people care about more than just making money, I mean it.  They give back so much to their communities and I to see the passion in their eyes today as they shared their personal experiences.  At one point, things got a little emotional when the subject of autism and special needs children came up.  I'm super excited to be partnering with them.

I'm grateful that I attended the CRUSH Academy webnar hosted by Lamar Tyler co-founder of Black and Married With Kids.  He kept it all the way real about how it is possible to make six figures blogging and being an entrepreneur.  His best quote of the night was, "You can't be part-time hustling expecting full-time results!"  You have to put in the long hours if you want your business to flourish.

I'm thankful that JJ is now starting to be able to not only identify his numbers, but he's able to actually look at two of something and count that it's two.  He has his colors down. So, we've just been working on shapes, numbers and ABCs as well as using his words in a sentence or small phrase.

The Nature Sounds with Music station on Pandora has been a god-send because it helps to lull the kiddies to sleep.  JJ falls right out usually by the end of the second or third song.  Sometimes, I have to battle not to fall out with him.

This week I'm most grateful that our new washer was delivered on Monday!!  Y'all we had been without a washer since the week of Halloween and it took forever for it to get here because it shipped from Canada.   Talk about somebody doing a praise dance, I gave God all the praise.  With the way sick germs float around here and Moo wearing uniforms, a washer in the house is needed.

Plus, we had been going all the way to a laundromat when we have a laundry room at our apartment clubhouse.  Neither I nor the Mr realized that until today.  Talk about a face-palm moment.  And it's cheaper.  Y'all we were passing right by it everyday and I've even seen people carrying clothes in there, but it just didn't click.  Mommy brain is real and the Mr's brain is exhausted from his job.

Lastly, I'm grateful that I found a really cool editing software for my vlog videos.  The good news is that it's free and has been highly recommended by a few YouTubers.  The bad news is that my computer may not have enough space for me to download it.  I've been watching the tutorials on their website so that I will know how to use it.  I've also been transferring files from my computer to make space for it.

I know I just got a new laptop for my wedding anniversary, but I think that next year I'm going to invest in a MAC.  I hate to leave Dell and HP behind, but I keep hearing that MACs have better storage space and can handle a lot more usage.  I stay on my computer quite a bit and need something that can keep up.  So, every dime I make from here on will be going into savings because MACs are also not cheap.


What are you thankful for this week?


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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Staying Grounded With #JesusDailyBook

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Faith Words.  I received a copy of this book to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own.



Mommy of 2.  Wife.  Blogger.  Writer.  These are just a few of the hats that I wear on a daily basis.  By far one of the best hats that I wear is being a Christian!  For me, part of being a Christian is making time for God's word and finding a way to put that word into action.  I have admit that doing so can be challenging, especially now that we're in the thick of the Christmas holiday season.



This is where having a great devotional comes in handy.  Recently, I received a copy of Jesus Daily: 365 Interactive Devotions by Dr. Aaron Tabor from the lovely folks at Faith Words.  (Yes, he is a real MD and graduated from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.)  They also sent me an extra copy to share with a friend or family member and a Jesus Daily tee shirt.  You can find out who I'm gifting the extra copy to in the YouTube video at the end of this post.




Faith Words couldn't have reached out to me at a better time to review this devotional.  As mentioned, the Christmas season is one of the busiest times of the year, making it easier to get caught up and neglect your Bible studies.  Jesus Daily is perfect for those of us who want to get in a daily word and lesson, but find that some days we are more pinched for time than others.  



Each day is broken down into three sections: key scripture, devotion (message) and Daily Interaction (Connect mission/call to action).  My favorite part of this devotional, besides the message of course, is the Connect/Daily Interaction.  I don't want to only study God's word, but I want to put what I'm learning into action and it was a challenge for me figuring out a way to do so besides what I'm already doing.  The Connect gives me a starting point.

Also, I love that this book is not littered with biblical jargon.  I've read books like that before and it was hard for me to connect to the overall message.  Dr. Tabor was definitely thinking of the everyday person when he wrote this.  I've been reading this book to Moo and JJ during bedtime and they love it, especially Moo.  Because the words are simple and easy to read as well as understand, she's been able to get a good understanding of what's being said.

I can't tell y'all how much it warms my heart that she's even more interested and inquisitive about our faith.  I think every parent desires for their children to show an interest in whatever their faith is.  As JJ continues to progress, I'm sure the message will sink in more for him too.  Lastly, I love that this book was inspired by the 27 MILLION fans of Dr. Tabor's Jesus Daily Facebook page.  

Being a Christian isn't just about inspiring non-believers, but believers as well.  I think it's absolutely awesome and amazing that Dr. Tabor was touched by either something someone wrote on his page wall or through a private message.  He then channeled the inspiration to in this book.  

I'm really looking forward to starting from the beginning of this book when January 1st rolls around in a few weeks.  And if you're looking for a devotional book for yourself, your family or a loved one try this one.  Or maybe you're just curious about the Christian faith.  You're not sure if you want to believe.  Give this book a try.

You purchase your own copy of Jesus Daily: 365 Interactive Devotions from Walmart, Barnes & Noble and ChristianBook.com.  You can also use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter my giveaway for a chance to win your copy of Jesus Daily and a Jesus Daily tee shirt.  Yes, Faith Words was nice enough to throw in a giveaway as well. (Thank you!) 







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