Sunday, August 13, 2017

From a Seed of Faith Grows Hope ... See ALL SAINTS in Theaters August 25. -- Enter to #Win 2 Tickets Now! #Giveaway #AllSaintsFlyBy #FlyBy

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In Theaters on August 25th!!!

If you are looking for wholesome movie to bring the family to as you bid summer goodbye, and look forward to the new school year and to what fall/winter will hold for your family, then you will want to check All Saints, starring John Corbett, which arrives in theaters on August 25th.  

Haven't heard about this movie?  Here is a little back story on this wonderful inspiration movie, which is based on a true story, including the official movie trailer...

"ALL SAINTS is based on the inspiring true story of salesman-turned-pastor Michael Spurlock (John Corbett), the tiny church he was ordered to shut down, and a group of refugees from Southeast Asia. Together, they risked everything to plant seeds for a future that might just save them all.
After trading in his corporate sales career to become a pastor, Michael’s first assignment is All Saints, a quaint country church with a dozen members. It comes with a catch: he has to close the church doors for good and sell the prime piece of land on which it sits. While developers eagerly eye the property and the congregation mourns the inevitable, Michael and his family look forward to moving on to an established church where they can put down roots.
But when the church hesitantly begins welcoming Karen (kuh-REN) refugees from Burma—former farmers striving for a fresh start in America—Michael feels called to an improbable new mission. Toiling alongside the Karen people, the congregation attempts to turn their fertile land into a working farm to pay the church’s bills and feed its newest people.
Jeopardizing his family’s future by ignoring his superiors, Michael must choose between completing what he was assigned to do—close the church and sell the property—or listening to a still, small voice challenging the people of All Saints to risk it all and provide much-needed hope to their new community.

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Doesn't this look like a great movie?  My family can't wait to see it on August 25th.  I spent time watching the trailer and the various behind the scenes clips, which you can view through the official movie website, and am already counting down the days until this movie hits theaters.  What a great way to the end the summer, than by watching this moving film about a group of people coming together to form a community that otherwise wouldn't come together, through their faith and hope for something more.  It truly is a marvelous story of love and not giving up on the impossible.  This is one movie you will watch and walk away inspired.  If these people from different walks of life could come together to save the church, just think of the impossible that is possible in your life.  

So, mark your calendars for August 25th and be sure to bring your family to the movies to see All Saints.  You will be glad you did, and just think of the wonderful conversations this movie will spark with your family, as you talk about the film and all the obstacles this little church and its members overcame.


I am so excited to be able to offer two (2) passes to All Saints, so you can take your family and save a little money at the box office, as we know it can get pricey when you bring the whole family to the movies.  To enter my giveaway, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!

*Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or 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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Monday, July 31, 2017

Beat Bugs Fans Will Go Crazy for the New Toy, Clothing and Bedding Line Available Now Exclusively at Target (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent samples from the vendor in exchange for an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

My youngest daughter's birthday is a couple months away, but she is already working hard on preparations as she knows she wants to have a Beat Bugs birthday.  What is Beat Bugs you ask?  Well, if you follow my blog then you may recall me mentioning last month how I was chosen as a member of the new Beat Bugs Dream Team, for the popular animated series streaming on Netflix.  If you missed my post or want to learn more about the Beat Bugs series, check out my previous post here:

Today, I wanted to introduce you all to the new Beat Bugs toy line exclusively at Target.  If you have been to Target lately and visited the toy aisle, then you might have seen these fun new toys. 

We had to make a special trip the other day so that Savannah could spend her birthday money and Bella had cracked open her piggy bank and took out all her coins and dollars, which she had been saving for Disney, so that she could buy a couple of the Beat Bugs toys she saw online.  I still can't believe how tech savvy kids are nowadays. And, once they learn how to spell and read, you really have to watch them.  I can't tell you how many times I pass the iPad or my phone over to the girls and they do a search for their favorite shows or characters.  This is how Bella found out about the new Beat Bugs toy line last month before I did.  And, ever since then she has been asking me to keep an eye out for them, so she could get some.

So, when I was asked a couple weeks ago if I wanted to get a sneak peek of the new toys, and share a review of a couple of the new toys, I jumped at the opportunity as I knew Bella would be so excited when she saw the toys arrive at our doorstep and would do a great job in helping me review them...and, that she did, along with the help of Savannah.

You can check out the entire Beat Bugs toy line at Target by visiting -- you will see plush toys, figure sets, musical instruments and more.  

And, just today as Bella was showing me the cakes and decorations she wants (Google Beat Bugs birthdays and you will be amazed at how many kids are into this show and have already thrown a Beat Bugs themed birthday party), I saw that they even have backpacks out now.  I know who will be needing another backpack soon. :-)

We were sent the Beat Bugs Piano Music Mat and the a Matching Game from WonderForge.  The girls couldn't wait for me to put batteries into the piano mat to give it a go.  

This piano music mat comes pre-programmed with 2 Beat Bugs tunes -- "All You Need is Love" and "Yellow Submarine."  You also have 2 game modes -- solo piano or follow me game.  Once I had the batteries in, the girls went to town trying out the two game modes, and signing along to these popular Beatles song. 


 I have been a fan of the Beatles since I was little, and used to play their music as lullabies for the girls when they were babies.  Never did I imagine that my 5.5 and now 7 year old daughters would be fans of the Beatles and be singing all their hits.  But, thanks to this new animated series, they not only get to watch a fun and educational show, but are also being introduced to Beatles music, sung by popular music artists of today including P!nk and Eddie Vedder.  Bella has been signing "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" and "Help non-stop and now has these songs stuck in my head, too.

Both of my girls loved the piano music mat, and continue to pull it out daily and try out their piano skills with their feet.  And, whenever they put on an episode streaming from Netflix, it call for the piano mat to be pulled out, so they can bounce around and add music to the songs. :-)

Who doesn't love matching games.  We have been fans of WonderForge for years, and I am always sharing rave reviews, especially around the holidays about their games.  So, I was excited when I heard they would be releasing a Beat Bugs game.  This game has become a staple in our daily school routine now, as we break for mid morning snack and the girls pull this game out to play. The winner gets to choose their favorite Beat Bugs episode to watch while I am making lunch.  It really doesn't matter who wins, as the girls have fun flipping the cards and calling out the characters names (always with smiles on their faces) and they both LOVE all the episodes, so will watch them over and over again.  They have watched the episodes available now on Netflix so many times that they are speaking the lines of the characters as they watch each episode. :-)

In addition to putting together her Beat Bugs birthday party, Bella has already put together a long birthday wish list. The only things she is asking for are Beat Bugs toys, clothes, a backpack and bedding.  And, if she gets birthday money, she knows where she is going to spend it...Target, as they carry all the Beat Bugs toys she wants. :-)

So, if you have a Beat Bugs fan in your life, and you haven't already visited your local Target store or shopped online or Beat Bugs toys, you will want to check them out soon.  We went last week and I had to go back to the store today and found the toys were picked over.  They will definitely be a hot toy this holiday season and once everyone knows that toys from this hit animated series streaming on Netflix are now available at Target.  

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Disclosure: I was sent samples from the vendor in exchange for an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.
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Lovable Labels Will Help You Label All Your Kids Stuff for Back to School, So They Don't Lose It! + Save 10% Your Next Order NOW!!! (Review)

Disclosure: I was provided samples from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Lovable Labels

Are you getting ready for Back to School?  Most families have now got their list of school supplies needed for each child.  But, what you are probably forgetting are labels to mark everything so your child doesn't lose or grab the wrong backpack, drinking cup, shoes, etc.  

Even though I homeschool my girls, we are in classes and co-ops outside the house 3-4 days a week, which means we are bringing lunch totes, backpacks, drinking cups, and school supplies with us.  I can't tell you how many times my girls have reached for the wrong backpack when leaving on to find out in the car or at home what had happened.  Or, had to take their shoes for a physical education class and get them mixed up with a handful of kids who also love the same character shoes, only to put on a wrong sized shoe.  Then, I hear from the backseat on the way home, my shoe is too tight, and then I realize they have a smaller shoe on one foot.  And, there is nothing worse than having them reach for and grab another kid's drinking cup especially when cold and flu season is going around.  

So, what can you do to help prevent these mix ups that are bound to happen when your kids return to school and have a class size of 25+ usually?  Lovable Labels is here to save the day and prevent shoe mix ups, grabbing the wrong backpack or drinking cup, etc.  If you are not familiar with Lovable Labels here is some more information about them...

"Lovable Labels started with innovation – taking an idea that was deemed impossible to making it happen. It is said that necessity is the mother of invention and this proved all too true. It all starts in preschool when you hear that phrase “label everything”. This means labeling everything from outdoor clothing, to indoor shoes, lunch boxes, sippy cups and backpacks. 

Back to School Pack - Unicorn Dreams

We recognized a need in the market for personalized labels that were tough and could stand the test of time and the everyday use that children put them through. After researching and testing many different products and designs, we created a line of labels that are so durable they withstand the elements of heat, water and the everyday use of the dishwasher and microwave. We continually develop new products that are geared towards providing solutions for the common problem of the overflowing lost and found pile found in schools, daycares and camps."

Back to School Pack - Pixel World

I have been buying labels from Lovable Labels for over 5 years now.  I bought them when the girls used to be close in clothes size and didn't like mixing up their stuff.  Lovable Labels offers a variety of labels (which you can customize and personalize easily) including multi-purpose, clothing, and even ones for household labeling including canning, toy bin labeling, address and date-it labels, as well as bag tags and safety labels for allergies and medical alerts. 

Like I said, you can personalize your labels to fit your needs, as well as the likes of your child.  They can get princess labels, their favorite sports labels, or ones that have their favorite color.  There are so many options to choose from, including text font, designs, colors and sizing.  But, once you decide on what labels you want to order, the ordering process is a breeze.  And, I have never had to wait long for delivery, and never have I had an order print wrong.  

Back to School Pack - EmojiBack to School Pack - Manga Zone

All Lovable Labels are water proof, sunscreen safe, dishwasher safe, microwave safe, laundry safe and bleach safe.  So you know that once you apply a label to your child's clothes or personal belonging that it will last a long time, and not fall off when you go to wash them, or after continually wear and tear that kids put their clothes and personal affects through.  

I could go on and on about how much I love the labels from Lovable Labels.  They really have made my life easier when it comes to keeping track of my girls' stuff when we are out and about.  And, when I am not with them, they can easily identify which stuff is theirs as they can see their labels on the label.  So, no more grabbing wrong backpacks, shoes and water bottles for us. :-)

My youngest daughter recently got her order of labels in, and she didn't wait to start labeling her clothes, shoes, water jugs, and pencil case for school.  And, she loved the bonus backpack tag we received with the order. That went right on her Tsum Tsum backpack, so she doesn't get it confused with others when out and about.  Here are some of cute photos I took of the labels and of Bella showing off her labels.  

And, if that wasn't enough, she and Savannah made a video to show how the label helps them identify which water bottle is theirs as they have the same one.  :-)


Right now you can save 10% off your entire order (all products included in special).  Simply head on over to and enter promo code ROBINBTS17 to save 10%. But, you have to act fast as this offer ends today. Yep, you read that right -- only through tonight, July 31, 2017. But, you are probably already online doing back to school clothes and supply shopping.  So, this is the perfect time to customize labels for each of your children and have them ready to apply to their clothes and things as you all gear up for back to school. 

Disclosure: I was provided samples from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Three New ORB Products Made My Daughter's Birthday Party More Memorable and Fun! (Review) #tryazon #ORBSlimeTime

Disclosure:  I was provided with samples from Tryazon to help facilitate an in-home demo and to help with my blog post.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

This past weekend we celebrated my oldest daughter, Savannah's, 7th birthday.  Instead of doing a kid party this year, she opted to go up to NH where my parents have a summer home and had family and friends over for a fun backyard bash including time swimming and lounging by the pool, playing backyard games, and even a cookout, before everyone dived into her birthday cake.  Not only was this a time to celebrate my daughter's birthday, but I was also excited to demo three new ORB products with everyone in attendance, and make my daughter's party that much more fun and memorable.

Does your family love slime?  If so, then you will love these new ORB products, as they bring slime to the next level of fun.  

Check out this quick video introducing you to the three new ORB products...

And, here is more about ORB in case you weren't familiar with this amazing family-friendly brand, which I also shared at our party, as many parents had never heard of ORB before (but their kids did!)...

"ORB™ exists to create moments of awe and wonder and to build self-esteem in youth around the world through exceptional play experiences. The roundness of their logo reflects the curiosity and timelessness of their play concepts. The vibrant colors reflect the excitement and energy that they pack into every product.

ORB™ has been providing crafts and activities products that deliver awe and wonder to youth around the world for over 26 years. Innovation is deep in their DNA. Their products can be found in over 60 countries. They have won numerous awards and are a recognized and trusted name in the industry. The first line from ORB™ was based around the Celestial Orb, a transforming hand-held widget made from wire. They have made it this far by focusing on 2 things: a fun and rewarding play experience for kids, and the best customer service in the industry.

ORB™ believes in the power of play, and they strive to produce toys that not only stimulate a child’s mind, but their creativity as well. The ORB™ kits allow children to lose themselves in a world of imagination and artistic freedom."


As you saw in the YouTube clip above, ORB recently released the following products, which I was able to demo with kids and adults this past weekend, and had so many people wanting to head to the local store to pick them up after the party...

HyperSlimer is the first instant slime of its kind, which blasts over a mile of easily washable, stain-free slime! 

Check out this link for their new site with video link of the product! 

Braini Putti™

You'll be able to watch as Braini Putti sloooowly "melts" over an object, or just ball it up and bounce it higher and wackier than any other putty on the market. 

Check out this link for their new site with video link of the product! 

Elasti Plasti™

You'll have fun with Elasti Plasti: a brand-new, super soft plastic that super stretches, bubbles, and more! 

Expandifies 100x its size! Elasti Plasti™ Purplefy is the brand new super soft plastic that expandifies, super stretches, bubbles and much more. Grab some friends and create a giant, thin plastic parachute. Elasti Plasti™ super stretches further than anything ever created and lets you blow giant bubbles 20x its size with a regular straw. With infinite play possibilities, Elasti Plasti™ expandifies the way you play!


Elasti Plasti™ makes super wacky, slappy, wobbly sounds when thrown or flopped on the floor! Drape it over objects and watch as it expandifies to completely cover them!
Elasti Plasti™ is non-sticky and never dries out. It’s gluten and phthalate free and comes in lots of vibrant colors, including shimmering and glow-in-the-dark – collect them all!
Check out this link for their new site with info about the product!


After everyone had a chance to play with the three new ORB products I asked them all to name their favorite.  With 12 adults in advance and over 18 kids, it was hard to find a favorite, as everyone named one or two of the above.  I will say that the HyperSlimer had everyone -- both adults and kids running for cover as they all took turns running around and trying to spray slime over one another.  This is when the party got the loudest and you could hear everyone laughing and talking, and could tell they were all having a blast.  

By the end of it, everyone was covered in slime and they all had smiles on their faces. I guess I will have to buy more HyperSlimer guns and invite everyone back for a slime party soon. :-)

I, for one, loved the Braini Putti.  It reminded me of the cornstarch oobleck mixture I make for the girls, where it is a solid one minute and then when you hold it in your hands, the warmth makes it melts and ooze everywhere. 

 But, the best part of this new product was how you could form it into a bouncy ball which flies so high in the air when bounced.  Kids and adults at the party had so much fun trying to bounce it on the sidewalk and see whose ball could go higher.  Just be warned that this is a crazy bouncy ball when you let it go.  We had balls flying all over the place, and some ended up going missing as they bounced all over the place and then people lost sight of them.

Even though summer is winding down and people are now in the back-to-school shopping mindset, doesn't mean the fun of summer has to end.  While you are out clothes and school supply shopping with your kids, why not pick up these three cool new ORB products to enjoy at your end of summer cookouts or gatherings, or just to surprise your kids with them.  Savannah was so excited to be able to show off these cool new ORB products at her party, and I loved seeing everyone have so much fun and playing together.  This was one instance people were grabbing their phones for photos only and not to chat or surf the web.  And, once the party was over, people were grabbing their phones to find stores near them to head to so that they could pick up these ORB products and bring home with them.  :-)

To learn more about ORB and their amazing product offering, visit

Disclosure:  I was provided with samples from Tryazon to help facilitate an in-home demo and to help with my blog post.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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Check Out a Cute New Bedtime Book for Kids from NY Best Selling Illustrator Mary Engelbreit (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

9780310733294, The Bedtime Book, Mary Engelbreit

My mom is a huge Mary Englebreit fan, and growing up I would always look forward to the new year as I knew she would be getting from Santa or picking up a couple calendars featuring Mary Engelbreit illustrations.  I loved flipping through the calendar pages to admire the whimsical and playful illustrations.  And, then when I got older and got a place of my own, I found myself gravitating towards Mary Engelbreit calendars when the new year would roll around.  You can't help but fall in love with the cute illustrations done by this NY Times Bestselling illustrator.  All her illustrations are of love and family and really warm your heart.

So, when I heard the folks at Zondervan had a children's storybook from Mary Engelbreit, I had to get my hands on a copy...not only to admire the illustrations myself, but to introduce my girls to this amazing illustrator.  As a Z Squad blog ambassador for Zonderkidz, I was sent a review copy, and when it arrived a couple of weeks ago, I couldn't wait to share it at bedtime with the girls.

As soon as the girls saw the cover of this book, they started to smile and pointing out the different things in the illustration.  They really liked the detail of the mouse family, and the bedroom scene. Savannah said "Mom, check out the beautiful quilt.  It looks so real."  And, Bella was quick to point the cute little bunny slippers for the mice to wear. They were in for a treat as this book contained a collection of bedtime poems, snuggly stories and precious prayers, that will help little ones drift off peacefully to sleep, as they envision all the different illustrations seen in this cute bedtime book from Mary Engelbreit.  Bella wanted to show you all her favorite illustration in the book.  She said the piggies were so cute. :-)

Here is more about this sweet bedtime book that every child will enjoy hearing at night time, and both kids and adults will enjoy admiring the playful illustrations done by a brilliant illustrator.  

Mama comes to tuck you in,
Pulls the covers to your chin,
Squeezes fingers, squeezes toes,
Lays a kiss upon your nose.
"New York Times bestselling author Mary Engelbreit presents The Bedtime Book, a beautifully-illustrated picture book that pairs sleepy time text with Mary’s beloved, timeless art. From endearing poems and snuggly stories to sweet blessings and precious prayers, each page of The Bedtime Book features ways for you to read your little one to sleep.  The Bedtime Book has a beautiful cover decorated with embossing and spot gloss."
Publish DateJul 25, 2017
Weight (lbs)1.4250
Length UnitPages

So, if you are looking for a new bedtime book to share with your little ones why not pick up "The Bedtime Book" by Mary Engelbreit today. It is sure to become a family favorite at bedtime, just like it has with my girls. 

Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.
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Now Available to Own on DVD from NCircle Entertainment - Mily Miss Questions: Season 1 (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent a DVD from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

If you follow my  blog then you know that I homeschool my two girls ages 5.5 and 7.  So, I am always looking for fun educational DVDs to share with them as part of our curriculum.  So, when I heard about this DVD from NCircle Entertainment, who I have been featuring their DVDs for years, I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy to share with my girls and then share a review for my readers who love DVDs like this one -- one that is not only fun and engaging for young children, but also teaches them something at the same time.  And, this DVD does just that.  If you are unfamiliar with the Mily Miss Questions series, here is more about the Season One DVD, I was sent to review, and that contains 24 full length episodes...

"Join Mily, a funny and inquisitive 8-year-old girl, as she embarks on adventures hoping to answer the many questions she has about life, people, and the world. In this collection of twenty four episodes, join Mily and her friends as they investigate everyday situations from learning how to deal with fear to playing by the rules to using your imagination and so much more. 

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Whenever a particular situation raises a question worthy of examination, Mily is immediately on the case! From one episode to the next, through everyday situations, Mily introduces young viewers to the art of questioning in order to further develop an inquisitive mind."


Like I mentioned, this DVD contains 24 stories, which include the following:

  • Family Portrait
  • Titans
  • With or Without Medals
  • Singing the Truth
  • Lovers
  • The Tomboy
  • Scared to Death
  • The Dilemma
  • Nice or Beautiful
  • Dish of the Day
  • You're a Genius
  • UFO
  • Double Meaning
  • I'm the Boss
  • What Not to Say
  • Want VS Need
  • In the Name of the Law
  • Its' Not My Fault
  • Spot the Mistake
  • Absurd
  • Young, Small or Short
  • Free!
  • The Time Machine
  • Robot K.O
My girls really enjoyed this DVD, which has a run time of 175 minutes.  Having not seen this series before, they were excited to meet Mily, who is a funny and inquisitive 8-year old, who embarks on fun adventures while answering many questions she has about life, people and the world.  She is just like my girls...full of questions and always asking away, hoping to be enlightened, or working towards finding answers for themselves.

As a parent, I really like the way the stories are told and how they have a young girl playing a detective of sorts, as she turns every day situations into an opportunity to explore and learn.  Mily introduces young viewers to the art of questioning in order to grow and learn more about the world around them.  My girls really enjoyed the stories and can't wait for me to pick up more seasons from this series, so that they can go on more adventures with Mily and learn more.  I loved hearing about the stories they watched and what they learned from each.  And, they have been busy telling family and friends about this cool new series and everything they have learned, and the different questions Mily posed and answered along the way. :-)  I love seeing the girls get excited about a series like this, and hearing them talk about everything they learned.  See, you can have fun watching something, and learn at the same time. :-)

To learn more about Mily Miss Questions and other wonderful educational titles like this one, head on over to NCircle today.  You can find all DVDs offered by NCircle on their website and at retailers near you.

Disclosure:  I was sent a DVD from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.
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