My Mother’s Quilts Devotional Review and Contest

Quilts have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I’ve always had some type of homemade quilt on my bed. My mom is an amazing quilter, I have quilts she made me as a child and now my children have received quilts made by her as well. She creates these beautiful blankets with bright colors and designs, and I love that she hand quilts them, she puts so much love and devotion into her craft.

Because of this love of quilting from my mom, and my love of her beautiful quilts, I was very excited to have the opportunity to review this new devotional by Ramona RichardsMy Mother’s Quilts: Devotions of Love, Legacy, Family and Faith

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Richards, an award-winning editor, author, speaker and devotional contributer, took the stories of the family quilts her mother owned and documented them to create this beautiful devotional. This book has short little devotions with bible verses and prayer starters to go along with each story/lesson and gorgeous photos of the quilts that these stories are about. One of my favorite things about this devotional is seeing these beautiful quilts that I’m reading about.

This devotional would be a great gift for the quilter or quilt-lover in your life, you can purchase it HERE for $11! Continue reading to learn about a contest to win a beautiful quilt and more!

CONTEST OFFER!
Win one of the quilts featured in #MyMothersQuilts by Ramona Richards. Also up for grabs: loads of other prizes including quilting hand warmers, coloring books, and 25 signed copies of Ramona’s book. Winners will be emailed after the contest ends on June 30, 2016. Click the image to get started!

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Disclaimer: I received this book free in return for an honest and unbiased review. All opinions and statements are my own.

Phil Wickham “Children of God” Album Review

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I am so excited to be reviewing Phil Wickham’s new album, “Children of God“. I discovered Phil Wickham several years ago and have really enjoyed his music, and this new album is AMAZING! His single from this album is “Your Love Awakens Me” and Wickham sings about love of Jesus and how it is life giving and amazing – and the song is phenomenal. It’s upbeat and my children and I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to this in my van every day!

 

When I received my CD for review I was also sent a bio for Phil Wickham, it’s a pretty awesome testimonial. Apparently Wickham experienced some throat trouble back in 2014 and after having some tests the doctors discovered a vocal polyp (a lesion on his vocal cord), there were ways to get rid of it but healing would take a while and there wasn’t a guarantee that his voice would return to normal. Through it all, the fear, the uncertainty, he clung to Christ and now he is back with a new sound and a new heart.

You can learn more about Phil Wickham’s new album at his website HERE – you can find his album on iTunes and Amazon now!

Disclaimer: I received this product for free in return for an honest and unbiased review. All opinions and statements are my own.

Validated

I was planning on writing a fun post about our Disney vacation before I wrote any other personal posts, but I think this one needs to be written first. You may have noticed that my blog has been missing a lot of personal posts this past year, year and a half. I’ve written a few here and there, but there was so much going on in our lives that I chose to not post what I really wanted to post.

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Almost 2 years ago we started noticing that Bubby’s behavior was very unlike his older sister’s at his age. We brushed it off because they’re not the same person, they are two very different people and all kids are different! Then, as time went on it just got worse and worse. Screaming fits that would not stop, meltdowns that could last for hours, his loud outbursts, and more…. no one really believed me. No one thought anything was off, everyone said, “Oh, he’s just being a toddler! He’ll outgrow it!”

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Fast forward a bit… this past year we’ve seen more behaviors that confirmed in my mind that something was not right. Bubby was completely potty trained, but going into a public bathroom was (and still is) a nightmare. All the noises of the automatic flushers, the hand dryers…. all of that overstimulated him and he would throw himself on the floor, cover his ears and scream. He would go into these meltdowns over the smallest things at home, and there was nothing I could do to help him, I would sit in the floor and wrap my arms around him and just hold him until his tiny body relaxed into mine…. but even then it could take an hour or more for him to fully calm down. There’s a lot more than that, but if I continued listing the things that we were noticing I might not ever stop writing.

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My fears and concerns were validated this month, Bubby has a sensory processing disorder. A hypersensitivity disorder to be exact. I thought I would be more prepared for an official confirmation of this, but I wasn’t. I knew something was wrong, and I was proven right…. because let’s get real, mom’s know. They just know. Processing all of this is hard, my sweet boy struggles with things that other kids don’t. He has to work harder at coping with emotions and things around him than other kids do, and I hate that. I hate that so much.

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When you learn something is different about your child, I won’t say wrong, because there’s nothing wrong with him, your heart breaks. You can’t fix it, you can help them cope with it, but you can’t fix it. You question if you did something wrong, if there was something you could have done differently during your pregnancy or in his infant months that could have prevented this. You question God, you ask Him why He would allow your child to face a hardship like this. But I’m also thankful. I’m thankful that it’s not something that will take his life, I’m thankful that he is healthy and thriving. I’m thankful that we know now what he is going through and that there are things to help him deal with everything.

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So, if you’ve wondered why I’ve not posted very much… this is why. Please pray for us, please pray that during these next few months I can help him cope with this big move, that I can help him learn to handle everything around him and that I can show patience and understanding on the hard days.

Travel Gift Basket Ideas for Mom

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Traveling during the summer is something most families do, kids are out for school, the weather is warm and who doesn’t love a family road trip?! My mom and I are taking my kids on a road trip to visit some of our family in Ohio, originally we planned to go next month, but with our big move coming up we had to postpone until Fall. Even so, I decided to go ahead and make my mom a travel basket for Mother’s Day. These are great for short trips, long trips, or even to take down to the lake or the beach! And what better way to fill these baskets, then with the new Coca-Cola™ “Share a Coke and a Song” labeled bottles?!

Travel Basket Ideas for Mom

I found the “Share a Coke and a Song” labeled Coca-Cola products at CVS, you can easily find them in the grocery refrigerated section (which is where I purchased mine), or usually CVS also has a small refrigerated section at the front of the store. I love that at CVS you can find all of your travel needs quickly and easily. Check out the Best Summer Ever Deals at your local CVS. Buy 2 20oz bottles of Coca-Cola products for $3! 

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For this basket, I grabbed two Coca-Cola bottles and two Diet Coke® bottles. For my mom, I filled the remainder of the basket with her favorite chocolates, gum, snacks and some wet wipes for her hands.

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For our actual trip, I’ll make a similar basket and add a homemade CD filled with some of our favorite travel music as well! My mom and I both love to listen to music on our road trips. We may not always listen to the same kinds of music, but you better believe that no matter what we are listening to, you’ll find my mom dancing and singing while she’s driving! I can remember driving to and from Ohio on trips as a kid and my mom blaring AC/DC, Shania Twain, and Michael W. Smith…. could those be ANY more different? But that’s what she likes! If you’re a music lover like my mom and myself, be sure to download the Shazaam app (available on most devices, including Apple and Android devices) and download your Coca-Cola Share a Song.

Some other ideas for your travel baskets for mom could be:

  • Gift Cards for restaurants – you have to eat a good meal at some point!
  • Gas Cards – especially with the up and down prices of gas, a little extra gas money can go a long way!
  • GPS – If your mom is anything like my mom, she is NOT good with directions, a GPS would definitely help.
  • Meds – This could include anti-nausea, motion-sickness, pain relievers, etc. Road trips are fun, but sometimes you find yourself with a headache or getting nauseous on curvy roads. This is a MUST in my opinion!
  • Satellite Radio Subscription – this is a great gift for any music lover.

What other items would you include in your travel basket for Mom? And don’t forget to Share a Coke and a Song with your mom!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there, be sure to let them know how much you love them! They are doing the HARDEST job!

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MSM April Giveaway Bash!

It’s finally here! I started blogging in April of 2008, J and I were embarking on a new journey just a few months after we married. I never imagined that my blogging hobby would turn into what it is today. Mustard Seed Mommy has changed and evolved to be an outlet for me to share my life, try out some pretty amazing products, share some of those same products, and make a little money to contribute to our family finances. Thank you, thank you for being here, thank you for reading and commenting and sharing my posts. You, my readers, are the only way I can keep this blog going.

So, because I love you all so much for being my readers, I am throwing a huge April Giveaway Bash! Get excited y’all! These are some phenomenal products and ONE lucky lady will be winning EVERYTHING! Please check out all the products included and don’t forget to fill out the giveaway widget for your chance to win!

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There are over $400 worth of products being given away, I’ve tried to pull together some of our favorite products as well as some new ones that were recommended to me and have fallen in love with. So, let’s not waste anymore time! Here are the amazing products/sponsors being offered up this month!

Beau and Belle LittlesSwim Diaper Review

 Beau and Belle Littles – See my full review HERE

Winner will receive a set of swim diapers and washcloths.

Love U Sew MuchNewborn Cloth Diaper Review

Love U Sew Much Etsy Shop – See my full review HERE

Winner will receive two newborn diapers with inserts.

Freshly Picked MoccasinsReview

Freshly Picked Moccasins – See my full review HERE

Winner will receive one pair of moccasins in their choice of size and color.

Mandelin Naturals Review

Mandelin Naturals – See my full review HERE

Winner will receive the same products in the above photo.

The Vintage HoneyTeething Necklace Review (1)

The Vintage Honey Shop – See my full review HERE

Winner will receive a teething necklace.

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Jammies – See my full review HERE

Winner will receive a Jammies sleep sack.

I See Me! Personalized Book Review

I See Me! – See my full review HERE

Winner will receive a personalized 15th anniversary addition of My Very Own Name.

Baby Banana Brush Review

Baby Banana Brush – See my full review HERE

Winner will receive an age appropriate tooth brush.

Glow Bug Cloth DiaperReview

Glow Bug Cloth Diapers – See my full review HERE

Winner will receive a cloth diaper with inserts.

Tiny Atlas DesignsReview

Tiny Atlas Designs – See my full review HERE

Winner will receive one stuffed animal of their choice.

PinkBlush Clothing Review

PinkBlush – See my full review HERE

Winner will receive a $50 gift certificate.

Baby Steps Scratch Off Pregnancy Calendar Review

Splash Brands – See my full review HERE

Winner will receive a Baby Steps Scratch Off Pregnancy Calendar.

Mint 2 SewReview

Mint 2 Sew (Clothees) – See my full review HERE

Winner will receive a $20 gift certificate.

The Coral CottageReview

The Coral Cottage – See my full review HERE

Winner will receive a set of burp cloths.

Lularoe Review & Giveaway (1)

LuLaRoe Okleshens VIP – See my full review HERE

Winner will receive a set of mommy and me leggings.

Lucky Stars Review

Lucky Stars – Full review coming SOON!

Winner will receive $25 gift certificate.

Other prizes: Nursing Shawl ($49.95) and Bamboo Angelicware Cloth Diaper w/Insert ($15).

What do you think? Pretty amazing right?! It’s super easy to enter, just complete as many or as few tasks as you want in the widget below. The more you complete the better chance you have to win! The contact information task is mandatory – your information will NOT be shared unless you are the winner of the giveaway, and then it will only be shared with the sponsors and used to contact you and send you your gifts! Good luck and thank you for being a MSM reader!