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!

“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 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 Start Your Own Blog

Starting your own blog can be a scary endeavor. You’re diving into a world of the unknown and trying to figure out all these technical aspects… it can be crazy! You can start simply by opening a free site on BlogSpot or WordPress or other similar blogging sites, or you can dive right in (or move up from free hosting blogs) to your very own domain on a WordPress blog!

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As for setting your site up, that part is pretty easy. You just have to follow some simple steps to get going! My hosting site, MommyHost has some great tips and directions to get started, and getting started with them is super easy.

  1. Choose a Hosting Plan – this is easy because HELLO! I’ve already told you who the best hosting site is! MommyHost! You can click the image below to get started, and I can help walk you through the steps. So click below and then come back here to follow the steps!

As I stated in my previous post, which you can find HERE, there are three tiers to choose from when it comes to choosing a plan through MommyHost. They are all very affordable and include a free domain, set up, email addresses and daily backups. There is the Iris, the Lily and the Tulip plans. They range from $10-21/month and if you use the coupon startmyblog during the last step of the checkout process you will also receive 10% off a 1-2 year billing cycle!

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2. Choose Your Domain Name – once you have completed the above, your next step is to choose a domain name for your blog! I thought this part was really fun when I first started Mustard Seed Mommy. My domain was pretty easy to come up with once I named my blog! If you’re a brand new blog then you get to register your domain for FREE, otherwise you can transfer your current domain (if you already have one) to MommyHost for a low fee or use your existing domain and just update your nameservers (if you’re clueless about this, you can contact Katie at MommyHost for help!

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3. Choose a Billing Cycle – This is super easy as well. I pay a yearly fee for my hosting services, and that is what I recommend. Especially since you can use that startmyblog coupon for 10% off! Just follow the steps to choose your billing and I would also pay the 9.95/year to register your domain privately as this will keep your personal information private!

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4. Install a WordPress Theme – this can be very overwhelming. At some point I plan to purchase a premium WordPress theme so it can be altered and designed specifically for Mustard Seed Mommy. But for now, I chose a free template. See the images below to see where to find your themes. It’s pretty easy to find, and they are easy to install! I’ll try to post another tutorial sometime in the next month on how to customize and add widgets!

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This is what your admin site will look like. If you take your mouse and scroll down the side bar you’ll see the box that says “Appearance”, if you hover over that you’ll find the link for Themes. Once you go there, you’ll see the above screen. You’ll see any themes that are already installed. To search for a new free theme, just click the “Add Theme” button at the top left of your page.

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Once you do that you’ll see the above page. You can scroll through the ones shown immediately, click one of the links near the top for different categories like “Popular” or search in the box I circled in the image above.

 

That’s it! Easy right!? If you’re ready to start your own site, don’t be afraid to just dive in. Down the road you can do all sorts of posts and jobs that can earn you money, and while I don’t earn a significant amount (as I don’t put as much work into my blog these days with 3, soon to be 4 littles running around) I earn enough for some extra spending money here and there! Enjoy it, have fun and don’t forget to use MommyHost by clicking the image below!

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Hello fellow bloggers! If you’re like me then I’m sure you have been looking for the best and easiest way to host your own blog on WordPress. There are SO many sites out there and it can be incredibly overwhelming. I started with one company when I first created mustardseedmommy.com and moved from Blogspot, but it seemed like every time I turned around there were errors, lagging connections, posts disappearing… it became absolutely ridiculous.

Then I was contacted by Katie from MommyHost. She was so informative, friendly and went the extra mile to share MommyHost with me, and I was sold! The process was so easy, she walked me step by step through everything that needed to be accomplished, she answered my emails promptly and never made me feel like I was a bother. It had been a long while since I had first chosen a hosting site, so I honestly couldn’t remember ANYTHING about the technical side of things. This is by far the BEST company to use for hosting your blog. You will NOT be disappointed.

There are different levels of hosting you can use through Mommyhost, these include WordPress Iris, WordPress Lily and WordPress Tulip. Each vary in price and all include a free domain name, free wordpress set up, free email address and free daily backups. You can read more about each individual tier HERE.

So, if you’re looking for an amazing hosting site that works for YOU, contact MommyHost. Click HERE or the logo below to learn more and to set up your site TODAY!

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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!

#NourishWhatsNext Special K at Kroger