Don’t Let the Name Fool You ~ UGLEE Pen Review + Giveaway

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

A pen is a pen, right?!?!  That’s what I used to think, but I was WRONG!!  I had the opportunity to test out the UGLEE Pen and I’m in love!!  It was designed by Dr. James Lee to be the most comfortable ergonomic pen around, and that it is!!

IMG_9351The UGLEE Pen has a grip unlike any other.  It is soft and gel-like and sticks to your hand without feeling sticky at all.  Besides being super comfortable, it has the absolute smoothest ink system around.  I have been a fan of the gel ink for a while now, but didn’t like the way it would smudge until it was completely dry.  The UGLEE Pen’s ink system is like roller ball meets gel ink, and it makes for a noticeable difference.

This is definitely a unique product, and it is quite a bargain, too!!  You can buy them directly from the website, or you can click on the link above to order them on Amazon. While you’re there, you’ll notice that you can order ink refills as well.  That alone will save you quite a bit in that you need not replace the entire pen, just the ink cartridge inside!!

So, you know I love these pens, and you know how to order them for yourself, but have you figured out yet where that crazy name came from??  It is the Ultimate Grip Pen invented by Dr. Lee, so naturally it would be called the UGLEE Pen :)  For an UGLEE Pen, though, it sure does work beautifully ;)  Want to win some of your own?!?!  One of my lucky readers will win a three-pack of UGLEE Pens!!  Enter below for your chance to win!!

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Let There Be Light by Archbishop Demond Tutu ~ Review

Let there be light coverI have always considered books to be great gifts to give.  Probably because I know my own love and appreciation for them.  It’s rare and very special, though, when I find a children’s book that just screams, “GIVE ME, GIVE ME!!”  A book that is beautifully written, beautifully illustrated, and just an over all treasure.  I have recently found such a book.

Let There Be Light is an amazing children’s book that serves as a perfect gift for kids of all ages.  It’s simple wording and beautiful illustration of the story of creation lends itself to being gifted to new parents, young children, or really anyone who believes that they are part of something truly amazing!

My daughter and I read through this book together and both had the same feedback. That was beautiful!!  Archbishop Desmond Tutu could not have picked a better illustrator for this book than the amazing author and illustrator, Nancy Tillman!  The way her artwork and color choices mesh with the Archbishop’s words is truly inspirational and really just paints such a real picture of all the beauty that was first created for us by God.

ZONDERVAN LET THERE BE LIGHTIf you can’t tell by now, I HIGHLY recommend this book to all families!  My copy is actually signed and ready to be given to my beautiful Godson, David, as a reminder of just how much thought and planning went into the creation of him and everything that surrounds him.  You can click through the link above to read more and purchase your own copy.  I can just tell you that this won’t be one for the garage sale pile.  This book will be passed down for many, MANY generations to come!!

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Fun Shapes Bird Feeder

The sun’s shining here and while it is still pretty cold, I’m finding myself thinking Spring!! It was just last fall that I posted a kiddie craft on Mommaste that was a huge hit! Looking ahead to spring and all the fine feathered friends that will come with it, I thought it might be a good time to share that post with you!!  Click HERE to see how we did it and how much FUN it was!!  ENJOY!! :)

Fun shapes bird feeders

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Thankful Heart Thursday + Giveaway

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Happy Thursday!!  I came across a story yesterday that really caught my attention.  It was about a teacher from Florida who has an amazing method for helping to prevent bullying. You can watch and/or read the full story HERE, but the basic idea is that she “passes out index cards and asks students to write the names of kids they want to get to know, and to nominate an exceptional classmate, all by secret ballot.”  

She has found over the last 15 years of using this strategy that the kids with the least amount of names in the jar are the ones who need monitoring the most.  Those kids might be feeling left out or alone.  Because of the secret ballot, no one is ever singled out. It’s just the weekly norm to be put into a new group where they will have to get to know each other while working together towards a common goal.  The kids response??  They really like getting to know each other and love working as a team!!

I just love this idea and the way that it benefits these lucky kids!!  They are learning so much more than a textbook could ever teach!!

So, for today, I am thankful for this amazing woman from Florida who is making such a difference in young lives.  I am thankful for the teachers in my own community who go above and beyond their call of duty to instill kindness and the importance of inclusivity into the hearts of our children.  Anyone can read from a book and assign homework, but it takes a very special person to really TEACH!!!

What is it that you’re thankful for today??  Comment below with your thankfulness and you’ll be entered into my monthly giveaway.  See, it really does PAY to be thankful!! :)

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Are You Ready to Sweat?? ~ Yoga Sweat DVD Review

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

Yoga Sweat DVDI absolutely love yoga!!  While I’m not currently in session, I am actually a certified yoga instructor.  I practice yoga almost everyday at home and I’d even go so far as to say it changed my life!

The thing that some people don’t realize about a yoga practice is that it is so much more than just breathing and stretching.  While those things are a big part and a great benefit to our health, people should know of the intense muscular training that can be involved as well.

Yoga allows you to isolate certain parts of your body to work specific muscles individually and with great purpose.  The strengthening(or tightening) of your muscles combined with the stretching(or elongating) that follows allow your muscles to be sculpted in a way typical weight training cannot.

So, ok, obviously I’m a fan, but this post is not only about yoga, but how you can incorporate it into your life.  I recently had the opportunity to view the Yoga Sweat DVD and was very impressed!!

First things first.  The instructor is perfect.  She has a gentle tone to her voice that is easy to understand and helps keep things in a relaxed state throughout the workout.  The other thing that I love about this particular DVD is the way it is broken up.

The video is 80 mins total, but it is broken up into a 10 min warm up, 10 min cool down, and two 30 min exercise segments so that you can customize it however you’d like. Perfect for all of us busy mamas who find it hard to set aside 80 mins at a time for working out!!

I know that buying exercise DVD’s can be tricky because you really don’t know if the style will gel well with your own, but I think I can tell you with a fair amount of certainty that this really is appropriate for most ages and fitness levels.  Throw on your favorite pair of yoga pants and click over through the link above to learn more.  Namaste :)

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Hump Day Hop ~ Facebook Link-Up

Hump Dayyyy HOPIt’s that day again!!  HUMP Dayyyyyyyyy!! :)  I hope you’re having a great week so far and that you have something wonderful to look forward to over the weekend to keep the week moving.  If you’re a blogger and would like to link-up to follow other like-minded bloggers, or just help boost your Facebook numbers, this is the HOP for you!!  Add your Facebook link in the comments below so others can click over with a LIKE.  You can start with mine which is below and then click through the rest of the list.  The only rule is to be kind and return the favor if possible.  Have a great Wednesday and enjoy the HOP!!

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Monday’s Mantra

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Thankful Heart Thursday + Giveaway

I am always so amazed by the love our FUR family members give us each and every day. When we’re sick, THEY’RE THERE.  When we’re happy, THEY’RE THERE.  When we’re silly, THEY’RE THERE.  And when we’re sad, THEY KNOW IT and give us even more love and snuggles.

My FUR daughter is a miniature pinscher named, Zoe.  She is energetic and fun at times, and calm and cuddly at others.  She loves to go on walks, but will undoubtedly need to be carried towards the end because her little legs just can’t go any further :)  She loves to give wet kisses almost as much as I like to receive them.  She will defend us against the biggest and toughest of predators because in her mind, she is even bigger!  She is my FURst daughter and I carry a piece of her with me in my heart everywhere I go.


So, for today, I am oh so thankful for all the furry love I have in my life.  I have three wonderful fur nieces(Mira is pictured top right) and a sweet little fur sister(Lili is pictured bottom right) and I just love the chance to have them slobber all over me :)  If you have some lovable little fur babies in your life, take a selfie(oooops, I mean a selFURie) of them and send it my way.  At minimum, comment below with a shout out to your favorite furry friend.  When you do, you’ll be entered into my monthly giveaway!! Wishing you a day full of wet kisses and cuddles!! :)


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Hump Day HOP


Hump Dayyyy HOP

Guess what day it is!?!?!?!?!?! :)  I’ve been loving all of the linky posts I’ve been seeing lately that provide us with an easy way to connect with and support our fellow bloggers, so I decided to create a Blog HOP of my own!!

Each Wednesday, you can comment on the Hump Day HOP post with your blog url and links to all of your social media accounts.  It will give all of us in blog land a one stop shop for finding new blogs of interest to us and also give us all a chance to support one another as we try to grow, grow, grow!!

Today’s the kick-off, so be sure to connect with me through the links below and then comment with your info.  I’ll return the favor with lots of likes and follows :)  Have a great day and enjoy the very first Hump Day HOP!!!!!!


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