Thursday, August 14, 2014

Wherever the River Runs - book review and giveaway

These days reading is a thing I do with my children. It's not something I get the everyday chance to do. Typically by the time I climb into my bed I am so exhausted from herding cats - Ahem, I mean kids - all day the last thing I want to do is open a book.

I was sent Wherever the River Runs - by Kelly Minter. In her book she sets out on a journey down the amazon on a boat called Discovery. Kelly's heart is felt through her words as she takes us down a river teeming with piranhas, caimans, machete-swingin' mama's and jungle pastors. She takes you so deep your gonna have to pick your jaw up off the floor.

I loved every moment of this book. I laughed out loud. I cried and I felt happy for what I have.

My favorite quote from her book was when she was talking about hitting the Christian jackpot. Which is when you are willing to sacrifice but in the end. You don't have to.

She is witty. Charismatic and funny. You can see her true soft spot for those that she met and shared "life" with.  On her journey through the jungles of Brazil she rediscovers Jesus and she will help you rediscover him too!

You have the opportunity to win a book of your own! The contest is open to U.S. and Canada residents only. I can't wait to hear what you think!

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Friday, August 8, 2014

VeggieTales: Celery Night Fever - Review and giveaway

Imagine the excitement when we opened the mail box and the kids unwrapped the NEWEST VeggieTales movie called Celery Night Fever! OK, who DOESN'T love VeggieTales? I mean come on, they have been around for like 20 years and I think everyone knows at least 1 of their songs. I know we have many of them downloaded to our Ipods! And at least 10 different movies on our shelves.

This movie is definitely one of our favorites to date. It came at the most perfect time as my kids have been fighting like cats and dogs all Summer long. "Mom, he broke this." "Mom, she hit me." "Mom." "Mom" "Mom". I loved how this movie took us back to the funkadelic past of these real hip dudes! Upbeat, awesome, stick-in-your-head-for-days songs and laughter for the whole house hold. Old friends, rediscover friendship after many years apart. Teaching us how the bible has a lot to teach us on forgiveness. With witty quotes like "Forgiveness helps to keep others from being mashed like a potato." or "Forgiveness is the organic way to keep us from judging them."

I give this movie 2 thumbs up. And my kids give it 8! In other words...we dig it! Available to own on DVD as of August 5th, with another new one being released October 14th (with an incredibly AWESOME new character voiced by Kellie Pickler!)

Wanna hear something pretty rad?! Y'all get to do the mashed potato and get your groove thing on too! In fact 1 lucky winner will win a DVD of their own! Open to US and Canada residents only. What are you waiting for?! Enter below! Winner will be drawn on August 13th, 2014.

{"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”}

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

A few years back my friend Elizabeth shared the most AMAZING recipe with me. It was the year we all grew more Zucchini's than we even knew what to do with. We were frying them, BBQ'n them. Freezing them. Baking them...but she gave me this recipe and it has been a household favorite ever since! Be forewarned you won't be able to eat just 1, the batch makes about 30 muffins, they freeze awesome OH and best think they are eating a treat because of the word "chocolate"! Boy, if they only knew!

Preheat your oven to 350 and line your muffin tins with paper liners.

I stick all the ingredients into Prudence (my Kitchen-Aid mixer) in this order:
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup applesauce (the Tree Top applesauces that you would stick in your kids know the small bowl like ones? They are the PERFECT size/amount!)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 

Turn on and mix. Then add in:
  • 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves (I like to ground mine myself in my coffee bean grinder...smells SO good and is so yummy fresh!)
  • 3 cups of flour
Mix. I then use a scoop to divide into my muffin pans. Bake for 22 minutes. Stick a toothpick in to make sure comes out clean and then let cool on a cooling rack. Good luck keeping your mitts off of them as they cool!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Tree Top Playdate and NEW Fruit Full

 {All opinions in this post are solely my own. I was compensated by Tree Top for my participation in this campaign as a part of the Mom it Forward group}

This funky bunch of mine and myself were invited to the Tree Top Play Date (thank you Mom it Forward!). The kids were able to run around and play while us mama's learned how to make a mock-tail and learned more about the NEW products that Tree Top has to offer. Can I start off by saying that the apples are from the Northwest...that alone makes them the best company out there! Just keepin' it real folks! They treated us to lunch and even had massages available! {they even catered to the kids with PB&J's, fruit and goldfish! They were delighted!} We made crafts out of fruit that the kids could eat and there was a whole lotta juice drinkin' going on!

We were delighted to come home with a bottle of the NEW Strawberry Fruit Full. It's a simple, shelf-stable smoothie in a bottle! It is SO good! They also have a Mango one. My first thought was MARGARITA'S!! Seriously this is going to be a new beach staple! Plus is full of vitamin c, has no added sugar,  no high fructose corn syrup and is perfect for any age group! I LOVE that my kids can have their daily smoothie and I don't have to break out my blender..yet you can "fuss it up" a bit as well for us mama's!

My girls decided to sit and rock awhile while drinking theirs! They turned it into a competition to who could drink theirs the fastest...then were disappointed when it was all gone!

I on the other hand turned it into a virgin daiquiri! It was SO easy! Put 3 cups of ice cubes and then pour in your juice till it just about covers the ice. You can throw fresh strawberries in too if you like! Blend...

Then take a glass...getting the rim slightly damp dip your glass into a bowl of sugar (or you can be lazy like me and just stick it into my sugar container!)

Garnish with fresh mint (I added raspberries because we just picked them!) and then voila! Easy drink perfect for the heat!

OH and a little secret...I use Tree Top pouches in some of my baking recipes! In fact I baked Chocolate Zucchini muffins which will be on the blog this can bet I used Tree Top! You can find awesome recipes and ideas FROM Tree Top on Pinterest!

Heather, our incredible hostess made us a Mocktail that was simply to die for! Literally SO good!

Strawberry Mojito Mocktail

10 mint leaves
1 Tbsp Sugar
1/4 of a fresh lime
1/2 cup Tree Top Fruit Full (we used Strawberry)
1/2 cup club soda

Place mint leaves, sugar and lime wedge in a glass. Use a muddler or back end of a large wooden spoon to crush the mint and lime and dissolve the sugar. Fill glass almost to the top with ice. Pour Fruit Full Smoothie over the ice, followed by the club soda. Garnish with additional lime wedge and add more sugar to taste.

Have a blessed day!

Want to learn more about Tree Top and what they have to offer? You can do so buy following them on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter or simply visit their website!

{Loved relaxing with these mama's: That Mama Gretchen Crafting in the Rain, Urban Bliss Life, The Scenic Life, Merlot Mommy, Happy Kids Inc, Repeat Crafter Me, Heather Likes Food Healthy Disney Family}

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Miracle baby...

Once upon a time, there was a little curly Q baby girl who became her mama's saving grace. The End.

My miracle baby. Through my many pregnancies (4 here and 4 in heaven) I have encountered more fear, more pain and more faith. Not one of my pregnancies gave us "simple". Each held something that made them stand out from the other. This final pregnancy for us became the most memorable yet. She was our first to make it through the initial ultra sounds with NO hiccups. No blips and no "watch for this". She was the first one to complete my heart. See my heart started to fill up from Emily Grace...and so on. But with Olivia Joy she completed me. I knew from the moment I held her sweet little body and looked her in the eyes. That God had made me whole.

12 hours later as I watched doctors and nurses fight to save my life. I could do only one thing. Hold my baby tightly in my arms, kiss her head and pray. She is the one that saved me. Yes, technically it was God directing the doctors and nurses. But I believe it was because of HER...I am alive.

She is my miracle. My saving grace. My earthly angel sent to me moments before. I stumbled upon the shop Tink & Key (Etsy) on Instagram. A few convos later and we had hit it off. I adore them. I adore what they are about and what they strive to do. They are a faith based tee shirt biz that wants to put a smile on others faces. They take great pride in each article of clothing and it shows. They are easy to work with. They ship fast and they know the significance and meaning of how important our children are. BUT something I am even more excited about...they now carry adult shirts too! Is it bad I want to get matching for my entire crew and myself? But when I came across this shirt...Miracle Baby. It made me tear up. Because I truly believe this child is my miracle baby. Thank you sweetie for sending me my favorite shirt! Is it bad I will be forcing her to wear it weekly?! HA!

Want to hear something even more exciting? Tink & Key is offering up a discount for my readers! Use the code: britchesnboots and you will recieve 20% off your entire order! HOW awesome is that?! Have a blessed day!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Ragamuffin: Based on the Life of Rich Mullins - Review & Giveaway

"I'm not a Christian because someone taught me about Christianity. But that people were willing to BE the nuts and bolts."- Rich Mullins

OK nuff post done!

HA! No but really, Rich summed up a true Christian impeccably. I want to walk the walk not talk the talk. When I was approached with this movie I first off SCREAMED with glee as anyone who has known me for eons knows Rich Mullins is the man. His songs have been a huge part of my life as an adolescent and adult. I gave my life over to Christ back in Middle School at Blacklake in Olympia, WA. I was at Summer camp for Campus Life, Youth for Christ. That very night I vowed to live for Jesus I sang his song, Awesome God in front of the entire camp.

I will be honest, most Christian films end up being super cheesy. You get bored partway through or you find yourself mimicking what you just watched. I sat and stared, cried and prayed through this entire movie. I also wanted to cut his hair, make him take a shower and give him some new jeans. BUT this movie was phenomenally made. It takes you through his life as a child, to college and to finding his voice. He created family and broke relationships along the way. But just like they explain in the movie...he was a Ragamuffin. He wasn't perfect, nor did he try to convince you otherwise. Truly he was brilliant. A man gone far too early. I was in awe of his dedication that he gave to the Lord. He had issues. BIG ones. But he led his life for Christ and fought demons along the way.

Rich Mullins was a singer and song writer (Richard Wayne Mullins) who was embraced as modern classics by many Christians. His 3rd album which had Awesome God on it made him even more well known. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Gospel Music Assosiation (GMA) on April 29, 2014.

Rich was selfless. He didn't seek to find fame and fortune. He was devoted and passionate. He lived to serve others. His relationship was strained with his father. He also lived with the loss of his brother. And you can hear and feel the pain as he worked through these moments in his songs.

Rich was the and he is one of the many people I cannot wait to meet in heaven. Here is a preview of the movie:

Now who would like to win a DVD of their own? Giveaway is open to U.S. and CANADA ONLY. Only 1 entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. HURRY GO ENTER!! You will love it! I promise!

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Holy Shnikes Batman...

Yep! It's me! I have been off the grid. Vanished from the radar so speak! House projects galore, backyard projects, Summer, sprinklers, sunshine, Summer, kids, laughter, coffee dates, did I say Summer yet?! Every time I think about sitting at the computer I sit here. With a blank stare on my face...thinking about being elsewhere! We have been working on the small garden expansion...and I am loving it!

Were building a chalkboard in the back on the play structure and the kids and I are decorating the post you see in the far right! Will be covered in birdhouses etc. I chopped off my hair! After 3 1/2 years of growing it out I cut 7" off! I am loving it! SO much easier and I am not just pulling it back 24/7! I think I NEEDED it!

I survived 3 days alone...with my kids. Solo parenting while my husband had fun (it rained!) on a golf weekend with his college friends. We had a movie night with friends, spent countless hours at the book store, shopped, laughed and actually had a wonderful time. Despite me being insanely scared! I am however still completely wiped out exhausted and there are not enough cups of coffee in the world to currently keep me awake! BUT...I survived! I DID it!

My son got hurt at a graduation party. Seriously we are finding graduation parties are just NOT our "thing"! Emily Grace broke her elbow at a grad party 2 years ago and Noah decided to take on a boulder. With his face. I think the boulder least it made a huge dent in him and NOT on the rock! A goose egg the size of a golf ball (not even kidding), double black eyes, dead tooth (front left...if it grows and abscess the pull...if not we wait until it falls out on its own!). He has had xrays and been checked out by the doctor and dentist. NO skull fracture (PRAISE GOD!)! But still 2 weeks later I get stares from strangers if I take him in public. So I have avoided leaving at all cost!

This was BEFORE the double black eyes! But...I am here. I am alive and I am loving life! I became a Jamberry Nails Consultant! And I am in shock at HOW amazing the company, the product AND my business is going! At it 5 weeks and I already moved up 4x! Not bad I would say! You can find me on Facebook too! of the next reveals on the blog I will be revealing my bathroom redo (fingers crossed it will be soon!) It is still a construction site but so far I am LOVING it!! You can see a sorta before shot...

I apologize if the Mauve burned your retina's! And yes, I am the one that chose the paint color originally! Oy! Goodbye ugly!!

See you soon baboons! I am out the door dinosaur. Bye bye butterfly. I'm gonna blow a kiss jelly fish...
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