Kari Jobe “The Garden” Album Review and GIVEAWAY!

Kari Jobe has just released one of the best albums I’ve heard in a while. The Garden, inspired by Jobe’s grief and transition as a new mother, experiencing the loss of her sister’s stillborn daughter (while Jobe was pregnant with her first child, Canyon), and her restoration from that grief through God’s promises.

The songs on this album are beautiful, you can absolutely feel the heartache, the triumph and the redeeming love of God in her lyrics and gorgeous voice. The namesake of this album, the song The Garden,  is an amazing song about how, just like in a garden that through the seasons change, wither and sprout back up again, we often find ourselves facing heartaches and hardships. But through it all, God lifts us up and brings us to a point where we are blooming again. It happens to the best of us.

 

Truly, the whole album is fantastic, you can purchase it on iTunes HERE or stream it HERE on Spotify! You can also enter below for a chance to win your own copy! It’s super easy to enter and only takes a few minutes! Winner’s entries WILL be verified. Good luck!

 

 

The Beginner’s Bible Review & Giveaway!

Now that Boogie is an excellent little reader (and she really really loves it!), I’ve been on the hunt for a book or curriculum to use for her Bible lessons. When I came across The Beginner’s Bible I knew that it would be perfect for her…. the book is a bible for little ones, with simple to read stories that go in the correct order that’s in a typical Bible. Boogie LOVES it.

There are some bigger words that she needs help with, but otherwise she can do this daily reading on her own, then discuss what she learned with me after!

The illustrations are bright, colorful and vivid, any child would enjoy glancing through the pictures even if they can’t read. These illustrations are fresh and new, but the book itself was originally released in 1989 and has been a popular book for many children ever since.

The Beginner’s Bible has a great website with games and activities for kids including printables of all sorts and videos to watch. You’ll also find some great resources for parents and teachers that coincide with each story in this bible. You can find that website HERE. Be sure to enter for a chance to win your own copy of this great bible, or head on over to Amazon to purchase! It’s currently on sale for $12.88!

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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 a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, 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.”

How to Survive the Start of the New School Year – Home School Edition

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5 Tips for Mom for the New School Year

It’s no secret that we are homeschooling our children, it’s also no secret that we just found out that I’m expecting our fourth child! Needless to say, both of these are exhausting on top of the every day “mom tasks”. We just started our school year, Boogie is starting Kindergarten and Bubby is starting Pre-Kindergarten.

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Starting a new school year is intimidating and exciting all at the same time. You have a huge weight on your shoulders to offer an education to your children and the sense of excitement from you and your children about the upcoming school year brings so much joy! So here are 5 tips on how I survive the beginning of the new school year!

  1. Prepare ahead of time. I like to put together about 2-3 weeks of lessons to get us started, then I can see what works for us and what doesn’t. It also allows us time to be flexible and I can move things around until we find the right fit.
  2. Don’t rush into it, you may not like the curriculum or topics you originally chose. So take your time going over the materials with your children and have fun with it!
  3. Don’t limit yourself to schooling inside! Go to the library, the park, the zoo, the museum, or even your own backyard! One of the best things about homeschooling is the immense flexibility you have to school wherever you wish!
  4. Find a support system. Whether this be your family, friends, or even a home school group. While we haven’t joined a local co-op in our new city yet, I have connected with a group of local home school families on Facebook. Having that place to vent, swap ideas, and plan meet ups is so very helpful.
  5. Start every day with a good protein filled breakfast. I discovered Special K protein shakes and bars, pair these with a good fruit and you are set to start your day. Special K helps fortify you for what’s ahead!

 

I knew I needed to find something to fill my queasy tummy in the mornings and that would also sustain me through our morning chores and then our 2 hour school day. (This is a huge plus in my book for homeschooling!) Even though I’m 16 weeks pregnant, I am still suffering through “morning” sickness, it’s a plague that will not relinquish it’s hold! If I can get a good protein into my system I’m usually good to go, but most end up making me feel more sick.

I was excited for the opportunity to try some of the protein bars and shakes that Kellogg’s® Special K® offer, so I headed over to our local Kroger grocery store to hunt some down. You can find Special K products all over the store, if you head to the breakfast cereal aisle you can find granola bars, brownies and cereals. You can head to the breakfast freezer section to find crustless quiche and healthy breakfast sandwiches. However, I headed to the pharmacy department, you can find the protein shakes and protein bars in the aisle with protein powders, shakes and other miscellaneous items meant for enhancing your health. Special K products were easy to spot with their bright colors and brand labels.

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There are many flavors to choose from, I’m a chocolate girl so I chose a box of Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Meal Bars and a case of Rich Chocolate Protein Shakes. I would have loved to try the Chocolate Mocha flavor (because what’s better than chocolate AND coffee flavors?) but they were out of that particular flavor.

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The protein bars are delicious, it’s really like a candy bar! The inside is a crispy rice bar with peanut butter and then it’s coated in a smooth chocolate. I was so worried about feeling sick after eating one, because normally sweets are not good for my tummy in the mornings. However, after eating this I felt satisfied and ready to start the day. I still felt slightly queasy (but let’s get real, it never really goes away!) but I was able to function. I cleaned my entire kitchen this morning without getting sick!

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The shake was good as well, I like to mix mine with ice to make a more smoothie consistency. The shake is a little thick straight out of the bottle for me, but the taste is really good.

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Don’t forget to enter the sweepstakes below for a chance to win a Kroger gift card and head over to Special K Fortify to learn more about their amazing products!

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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.

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!