Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Who Am I Trying to Impress?

This morning, I found myself overwhelmed and in tears. I let different stresses build up inside of me until they bubbled out this morning after something set me off.
 
I was angry that I was crying, and angry that I was feeling hurt. I started to think "If everyone worried about themselves more and less about what I am doing, the world would be so much better. I wish people weren't so critical." That line went through my head over and over again. Why are people so critical?
 
Then I thought "Why do you care so much? Who are you trying to impress?". And I realized I could turn that oh so popular phrase back around on myself. "If I worried more about what God thought and less about what other PEOPLE thought, the world would be so much better. Their criticism wouldn't be near as important to me."
 
For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.
Galatians 1:10
 
We work so hard and cause ourselves so much stress to try to please other people--our family, our friends, and complete strangers. That's not what it's about and I know that I lose sight of that daily. I decided to make myself a card with Galatians 1:10 on it to keep in my pocket as a daily reminder of Who I am living for and Who I am striving to please.
 
I believe that if we seek first to live as a servant of Christ, and seek Him first in everything we do, everything else will fall into place.
 
 
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Adjustable Burger Press with Auto Expeller *Review*

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
*Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and may differ from yours.
 
With summertime coming up, there are lots of burgers to be made at the Luker house. I know it's summer when I see my husband outside firing up the grill.
 
One thing I *hate* to do is shape the burgers. I can't ever get them to stay together, my hands feel gross, and it's just a mess. I end up with breaking burgers and gross hands.
 
A Burger press would be an obvious solution to my lack of burger shaping skills, right? The problem is, the ones I've tried before never worked very well. Quite frankly, they didn't work at all.
 
The Bellemain Adjustable Burger Press with Auto Expeller came to my rescue. This product is made well and it works well. The heavy duty aluminum housing on this product is built for extended use. This was huge for me because every plastic one I have had before breaks SO quickly and I never felt like I got any use out of them.
 
Another feature I love is the non-stick coating that helps keep the burgers together and perfectly shaped. You don't end up with a partial patty with pieces of it left still sticking to the press.
 
The spring loaded pusher allows you to easily remove the burgers from the press and drop them onto your plate. LOVE this! It was so easy to use!!!
 
The adjustment knob on this press allows you to make your burgers anywhere from 1/4" to 1 1/2" thick so you can make whatever size burgers you want. This also means you get the same size burgers every time and you don't have to worry about them cooking unevenly.
 
I was really excited about this product, but I think I am going to have a hard time getting it away from my husband. He has loved using it to get the perfect burgers every single time!
 
You can purchase this product on Amazon HERE
 
*Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and may differ from yours.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Moody Sisters Foaming Sugar Scrub *Review*

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
*Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and may differ from yours.
 
I love when I find a scrub for my skin that works well. The problem usually is that I am worried about ingredients because my five year old daughter wants to be just like Mommy and use them too. She has really sensitive skin, so I can't let her use just any scrub. I get really excited when I find one that has all natural and safe ingredients.
 
This Foaming Sugar Scrub from Moody Sisters natural and kid friendly ingredients. This product from Moody Sisters is handmade fresh weekly! LOVE LOVE LOVE that their products are always fresh!
 
Here is the ingredient list for those of you who are curious:
Demerara Sugar, *Liquid Soap (Filtered water, saponified olive oil, coconut oil, glycerin, and plant based cellulose), Oil Blend (Sweet Almond Oil, Sunflower Oil, Apricot Kernal Oil), *Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, *Cocoa Butter, Beeswax, Essential Oils
 
Just as important as the ingredient list is the list of things that you WON'T find in Moody Sisters products: Chemicals, dyes, fragrances, parabens, or sulfates.
 
This scrub can be used daily to cleanse and exfoliate your skin. You can use it on your face or anywhere else and is great different skin types. Using this scrub daily will help your skin appear to have tighter pores, a more even skin tone, and will make your skin softer.
 
So, what's the verdict? I love the smell first of all. The rosemary and mint essential oils provide this product with a very refreshing smell from the moment you twist off the cap. It's not overwhelming though. It's just perfect.
 
The scrub foams as you apply it to your skin which makes it really easy to see where you have already used the product. After washing it off, my skin felt INCREDIBLY soft and the scent left me feeling refreshed.
 
After a week of use, I could tell a huge difference in my skin because it just looks healthier. It is also gentle enough that Audrey was able to mimic Mommy and use it on her arms and legs and she loved it as well.
 
You can check out all of the products from Moody Sisters on their website HERE.
 
Connect with Moody Sisters:
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*Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and may differ from yours.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Why So Serious?

 
A question has been looming over me for a little while now and today it just exploded: When in the world did we start taking Facebook so serious?
 
Nothing personally happened with me today, it just seemed that my entire newsfeed today was drama.
 
I LOVE Facebook. I have friends and family all over the world and I love being able to connect with them...I love that it allows us to still follow each other's families and be updated on what everyone is doing.
 
But I have to wonder when it became more than that to some. (Please note I am every bit calling myself out too. I'm not above any of this).
 
But when I sat down at lunch today and was scrolling to pass some time (oh the joys of pumping!), I couldn't find anything pleasant to read. It was all drama. Everywhere.
 
Until I finally saw a Bible verse. And you know who posted it? An adult? No. A teenager. The drama? Mostly people twice my age.
What kind of example do we set when we get on Facebook and rant and rave and INTERNET YELL?
 
The song "Love them Like Jesus" came to mind. (Ohhhh I am SO talking to myself now!)
 
Someone cut you off in traffic today? Rant about it on Facebook, OR Love them like Jesus.
 
Frustrated with people you are dealing with today? Rant about it on Facebook, OR Love them like Jesus.
 
Someone reported something you posted on Facebook? Rant about it on Facebook, OR Love them like Jesus.
 
And yes. That's all things I saw today kind of grouped into three statements. I always heard growing up "Think before you speak", but I think I will have to teach my children in this technological age "Think before you post".
 
This is the challenge I'm presenting to myself. Facebook is a great communication tool, but it's not real life. (I'll also admit I use Facebook to store pictures because I'm convinced my phone will crash and I'll lose them all. I'm not crazy. It's happened before.) But it's not something to get worked up over.
 
I'm challenging myself to make EVERYTHING I post on Facebook the next week positive. I'll extend from there. Does this mean life is always perfect and you can't complain? Of course not. I'm not challenging myself to be fake. I'm challenging myself and anyone else, to see the good in the bad, and the benefit in the difficult. I'm challenging myself to remember the bigger picture and that there are more important things to get worked up about than who said what to Sally Sue down the road. I'm challenging myself to take my frustrations and my anger, to God and not to Facebook; to be real with Him; to talk with Him like the best friend and Father that He is.
 
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 5:16
 
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Monday, March 31, 2014

Bebe Bella Designs Crinkle Toy *Review*

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

*Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and may differ from yours.
 
Now that our sweet Cate is getting to the beginning of mobility and getting into EVERYTHING she can reach, she is really getting into toys and getting to where she favors some toys over others.
 
 
Some of her favorite things are items that make noises. (I say items, because it's not always toys. I have to fight to keep my water bottles away from her after she grabbed it once and realized it crinkles!).
 
Crinkle books and similar toys are a huge hit with her. I just knew that she would love this Crinkle Toy from Bebe Bella Designs!
 
First of all, Mommy loved it. It is SO adorable and incredibly soft with the minky fabric. I'm kind of obsessed with the minky fabric because of just how soft it is.
 
I love that Cate could play with this without me having to worry about her whopping herself in the head with it since it is a soft toy.
 
Cate adores it. She will pick it up and just stare at it as she squeezes and scrunches it to hear it make that crinkle sound that is oh so fascinating to her. It is just the right size for her little hands!
 
If you are in love with the minky fabric for baby items like I am, you can check out all of the ADORABLE items at Bebe Bella Designs HERE.
 
Connect with Bebe Bella Designs
 
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*Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and may differ from yours.
 
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  
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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Ozeri INSTAVAC Green Earth Food Storage Container Set *Review*

*Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and may differ from yours.
 
I feel like I am always on the hunt for quality storage containers to keep in my kitchen. I want something that will help keep my food fresh, is safe for my family, and preferably something that can go in the dishwasher.
 
The INSTAVAC Green Earth Food Storage Container Set from Ozeri meets all of those qualifications and then some.


 The vacuum feature allows these containers to keep your food amazingly fresh. I was kind of skeptical when I first heard "vacuum" because I assumed it would be a lot of work. I figured that there was a pump or other type of motor involved somewhere in the process and I wasn't sure I wanted to put that much work into a storage container. I was so wrong though! There are absolutely no pumps or motors involved in the vacuum process with these containers. This feature on the product is as simple as pressing down on the lid. Literally. By pressing the center of the lid, you allow the container to release the air through a one way valve. Keeping your food fresh doesn't get any easier than that.
 
I also posted earlier about safety. This product is BPA free. LOVE that about these containers! It's great to be able to feel good about a product you are using to store your family's food.
 
This product is microwave and dishwasher safe which is admittedly one of my favorite features. Easily warm your food safely, and easily clean the containers after use. They are stain resistant and shatter proof.
 
I am always a little skeptical any time I read that plastic is stain resistant. So, I put this product to the ultimate test by storing spaghetti in it. Every time I put spaghetti in a plastic container, the entire container ends up having a permanent light orange stain all over it.
 
The INSTAVAC Green Earth Food Storage Container Set passed the test. There was absolutely no stain left after storing spaghetti in it for two days. AMAZING!!!
 
This product also has a few features that go above and beyond what I look for in storage containers. The release valve on the product prevents food from spilling or bursting when heating it in the microwave. I microwaved food in these containers without a single issue.
 
The bottom of the container features a wave pattern that holds fruit and veggies above any water or juice. I found that this feature helped to keep my fruits fresh for a longer period of time than they normally remain fresh in a flat bottom container.
 
One of my FAVORITE features is the dial on top of the containers. This dial allows you record the day that you put the food in the refrigerator so that you can monitor how long you have been storing it. This is an awesome feature for my mom brain. No more trying to remember when I bought those strawberries or what night we ate spaghetti. It's all right there on the container for me.
 
I have found the perfect storage container set to keep in your kitchen when I used this product!
 
You can purchase this product at an awesome price on Amazon HERE.  
 
*Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and may differ from yours.
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Friday, March 14, 2014

Grow Your Small Business {Giveaway}

Welcome to the Grow Your Small Business Giveaway!
 
Hosted by: Luker Family Tales
 
3/15-4/5
 
This exciting giveaway features a variety of small businesses and they are offering you some GREAT prizes! I am all about supporting small businesses and I hope you have a blast checking out the featured businesses!
 
Here are the prizes:
 
$30 store credit to Two Sisters

 
 
 
Shaklee Get Clean products, a $12.30 value
3-pack spray bottles and a 4 oz squeeze bottle of Basic H2 (Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate) from Our Healthy Life
 


$25 Store Credit to Staci Stitches
 


Signed Copy of I Carried an Angel
 


 

 
You can enter on the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway is open to US residents ages 18 and over. Prize fulfillment is the responsibility of each individual sponsor for their prize. This giveaway is in no way associated with any social media platform.
 
GOOD LUCK!!!
 
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*Participating Bloggers are NOT responsible for prize fulfillment. If you would like to be featured in an event at Luker Family Tales, email Staci at lukermama@gmail.com.
 
 
 
 
 
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